Key tax factors for efficient cross-border business and investment involving Cyprus.
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Limited Liability company with share capital and Partnerships.
A company is resident if its management and control is exercised in Cyprus. Registration in Cyprus is not decisive.
Resident companies are taxed on their worldwide income. Non–resident companies are taxed only on their Cypriot source income, unless they have a permanent establishment in Cyprus and have opted to be treated as a resident company (to benefit from a worldwide loss set-off).
A company is required under the Income Tax Law to file its annual tax return, prepared based on audited financial statements to the local tax authorities. The filing date is 12 months after the financial year ending December 31. For electronic filings the deadline for submission is extended by 3 calendar months. Companies are required to prepare accounts and pay tax on a temporary and self-assessment basis. Corporate entities must also submit a provisional return prior to August each year based on the estimated current year’s income. Provisional tax payments must be made on estimated current year income in two equal installments, on July 31 and December 31. If the income declared for provisional tax purposes is less than three-fourths of the income as finally determined, the taxpayer must pay, in addition to the normal tax, an amount equal to one-tenth (10 percent) of the difference between the final and the provisional tax. Estimated income can be revised (upwards/downwards) anytime before December 31, the date the last provisional payment is due.
A final payment must be made on August 1 of the following year of assessment, in order to bring the total installment payments to the level of the actual liability due according to the actual tax liability determined.
The standard corporate income tax rate is 12.5 percent.
No withholding tax is levied on royalties paid to non-residents who are not
engaged in any business in Cyprus and the intellectual property right is granted for use outside Cyprus. Otherwise, a withholding tax of 10 percent (or 5 percent for film royalties) applies, subject to reduction by double tax treaties.
Exemption method (100 percent) subject to conditions:
Only on immovable property situated in Cyprus.
Yes. Tax losses may be set-off against income from other sources in the same year, and unused losses may be carried forward to five 5 subsequent years. No carry-back is available.
EUR 102.52 plus 0.6 percent on nominal value of authorized capital. No capital duty is levied on share premium.
No transfer duty on transfer of shares.
Small administrative fee (EUR 17) on filing of the form for the issue and
allotment of shares.
Stamp duty on a share purchase agreement based on the amount stipulated in the agreement: No stamp duty is imposed on sums not exceeding EUR 5.000, a 0.15 percent for sums not exceeding EUR 170,000, 0.2 percent plus EUR 247.5 for sums exceeding EUR 170,000, with a maximum duty of EUR 20.000.
Yes, if situated in Cyprus land transfer fees may apply depending on the value of the property.
Yes, if situated in Cyprus land transfer fees may apply depending on the value of the property. Also, stamp duty based on the amount stipulated in the
agreement: No stamp duty is imposed on sums not exceeding EUR 5.000, a
0.15 percent for sums not exceeding EUR 170,000, 0.2 percent plus EUR
247.5 for sums exceeding EUR 170,000, with a maximum duty of EUR 20.000.
Yes depending on the total value of the taxpayer's property. Rates range from
6 percent to 19 percent.
No, but arm's length principle applies.
No, but arm’s length principle applies.
No, but recommended as a matter of practice.
The Director of Inland Revenue maintains the right to ignore/examine artificial
IP Incentive of 80 percent notional deduction from net IP income and
amortization over 5 years.
Accelerated depreciation for selected buildings and machinery (ending on
December 31, 2016).
The standard rate is 19 percent and the reduced rates are 0, 5 and 9 percent.
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