Chile - Other taxes and levies

Chile - Other taxes and levies

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Social security tax

Are there social security/social insurance taxes in your country? If so, what are the rates for employers and employees?

Type of insurance Paid by employer Paid by employee Total
Pension Plan 0% 10% 10%
Unemployment Insurance 2.4% 0.6% 3%
Health Plan 0% 7% 7%
Occupational accidents 0.95% 0% 0.95%
Total 3.35% 17.6% 20.95%

Pension Plan


In the case that the assignee does not meet the requisites of Law 18.156 or there is no totalization agreement in place, the assignee will have to contribute to the Chilean social security system. As a general rule employees working in Chile are subject to the payment of social security contributions, which are deducted from their gross salary with certain caps. These contributions must be withheld by the employer and are paid as follows:

  • Pension fund administrator: 10% + management fee from 0,47% to 1,54%
  • Public Health Institution: 7% 

All of these percentages are calculated over the gross salary with a cap of 73,2 Development Units per month (approximately CLP 1.866.000.). Such mentioned cap of 73,2 UF is adjusted annually considering the variation of the real wage rate determined by the National Institute of Statistics.

In certain circumstances, a foreigner who decides to leave the country may seek reimbursement of funds provided under point i), except management fees.

It should also be noted that AFP may request the respective new or different background information in order to comply with Law No. 18.156, authorizing the waiver or refund of the funds provided.

Finally, it is important to consider that the withdrawal of the compulsory contributions and agreed deposits is affected to the Second Category Tax (Art. 42 No.1 and 43 No. 1 of the Income Tax Law), and the return of the Voluntary Pension Funds Savings Account B is subject to the taxation of Article 42 of the Income Tax Law, so the AFP must withhold the corresponding withholding income tax.

Unemployment insurance

According to Law No. 19.728, on unemployment insurance, employers and employees will be obliged to make contributions for unemployment insurance, even when qualifying for the exemption under the Act discussed above 18.156.

The aforementioned unemployment insurance will be financed with the following allowances:

  • 0.6% of taxable wages, paid by the employee (with cap of 109,8 UF, approximately CLP 2.799.000 as of October 20152.
  • 4% of taxable wages (with cap of 109,8 UF), at the employer’s cost.

Contribution of the Government, whose amount is determined according to the rules established by law.

The funds corresponding to the contributions of employees and employers should be deposited in the management company within the first 10 days following the month the compensation is paid.

In case that the labor contract is terminated, and to the extent that certain requirements are met, you may be entitled to withdraw the contributions made to the unemployment insurance. It should be mentioned that a foreign employee who decides to leave the country, deciding to use this insurance, will be charged in the same way that a Chilean resident. 

Finally, the employer must pay certain amounts for insurance of occupational accidents and occupational diseases, which correspond to 0.95% calculated on the monthly salary of the executive with a cap of 73,2 UF per month, approximately CLP 1.866.000. Additionally, the employer must contribute 1.15% for insurance of survival and disability in the worker’s AFP, calculated also upon the same cap of 73,2 UF.

Additional considerations

In certain circumstances, a foreigner who decides to leave the country may seek reimbursement of part of the social security contributions made during his/her assignment. This reimbursement would not have any penalty associated with it, however it will need to pay applicable income taxes unpon distrubution.

Gift, wealth, estate, and/or inheritance tax

Are there any gift, wealth, estate, and/or inheritance taxes in your country?

  • Inheritance Tax: The inheritance tax in Chile applies from 1% to 25% depending on the amount. There are deductions applicable but some conditions must be met.
  • Wealth: Not applicable.  

Real estate tax

Are there real estate taxes in your country?

There is a local tax levied on Chilean property charged annually by the municipality where the property is registered. The amount of the tax is calculated by reference to the cadastral value. 

Sales/VAT tax

Are there sales and/or value-added taxes in Chile?

Impuesto al Valor Agregado (IVA) or Value-added Tax. This tax is the main tax for the comsumption of goods and services in Chile. It has a general tax rate of 19%. 

Unemployment tax

Are there unemployment taxes in your country?

Unemployment income is paid monthly and is not subject to taxes or social security deductions. (Law 19.728).

Other taxes

Are there additional taxes in your country that may be relevant to the general assignee? For example, customs tax, excise tax, stamp tax, and so on.

Stamp Tax

The stamp tax applies for documents or act involved in money credit operation, for example provisory notes and bills of exchange. The tax base is the amount granted in the document.

The tax rate varies depending on the period of time between the document issue and its experiation, and it applies from 0,033% to 0,4%.

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