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Taxation in Seychelles

Updated on Monday 29th July 2019

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Taxation-in-Seychelles.jpgTaxation is one of the important aspects verified by foreign investors when seeking for a location to set up a business in. From this point of view, the Seychelles offers many advantages, among which the offshore company, also referred to as the IBC (international business company).
 
The business tax, or the corporate tax, is levied on the company’s income. This is the assessable income once any deductions (if available) have been made.
 
The Seychelles taxation system applies based on tax residency, meaning that an individual or company must have a place to live, respectively a registered address or management place here. Our Seychelles company formation consultants can offer full information on how taxes apply in this country.
 

Tax rates for companies in Seychelles

 
At first, the tax rates imposed by the authorities in the Seychelles may seem high; however, it is useful to know that the local taxation system provides for many advantages.
The taxation system in Seychelles is made of up of the following main taxes:
  • - the corporate tax: which is applied at various rates ranging between 0% and 33%;
  • - the personal income tax: this has a standard rate of 16% and it applies to employees and other individuals;
  • - the value added tax: this is applies using the principles for the VAT in other jurisdictions worldwide and it has a standard rate of 15%;
  • - others: some other taxes that can include the withholding tax on dividends, interest or royalties. 
The owners of a partnership or a sole trader are subject to business tax if their taxable income is above the value of 150,000 SR for a tax year. Company owners are subject to tax on any net profit that they derive from this jurisdiction. However, an important diction is made in terms of taxation between the International Business Company and other types of companies. This is detailed below under tax advantages by our team who specialize in company formation in Seychelles
 
The Seychelles has also signed various double tax treaties through which the corporate tax rate can be reduced. Our company registration agents in Seychelles can offer more information on the taxes applied to individuals and companies operating here.
 

Tax advantages in Seychelles

 
We mentioned earlier that the Seychelles taxation system provides for several advantages for companies. One of the best examples is the IBC form which benefits from a 0% corporate tax and exemptions from the withholding tax on dividends. Also, the repatriation of profits derived from an offshore company in Seychelles is free of tax for foreign investors.
 
Other particularities related to the taxation of qualifying companies in Seychelles imply:
  • -          a 1.5% tax rate applied to special license companies;
  • -          a business tax applied to companies at a rate of 25% for the first 1,000,000 SCR and 33% on any amount above it;
  • -          capital gains are not taxed;
  • -          there is no stamp duty;
  • -          a reduced VAT rate of 0%.
 

Tax requirements in Seychelles

 
Business owners in Seychelles need to pay attention to the following issues regarding taxation:
 
  • the tax year: in most cases, the tax year is the same as the calendar year, from January 1 to December 31.
  • the payment method: companies may be subject to one of two manners in which the business tax is remitted, as described below by our agents specialized in company formation in Seychelles
  • the annual tax return: the mandatory annual payment that is made on the same day when the business tax return is lodged. 
  • concessions: in some industries, investors may benefit from concessions, such as those for farmers, fisheries, or in tourism (for the construction or renovation of a hotel).
 
An important regulation is that any business, be it a sole trader, a partnership or a corporation, needs to be registered with the Seychelles Revenue Commission after it is incorporated, in order to be considered a registered taxpayer. All taxpayers are subject to a simplified self-assessed tax system, in which they make their own assessment of the taxes due to their business and report the taxable income for the tax year, also mentioning the exemptions, deductions and liabilities payable for the losses incurred during the said year. As mentioned before, the tax year is generally the calendar year, however, companies are allowed to select and implement a different period as per the Business Act, Section 58.
 
The two ways in which companies may pay their tax include the pay as you go installment as well as the pay as you go withholding. The installment is a fixed monthly one and it has the advantage that it is less burdensome (investors do not pay one large amount at the end of the tax year). The pay as you go withholding is mostly applicable in selected business fields, such as construction, when the tax is deducted from the gross payments made to a public body or business or made to a specific business by Government. Some of the specified businesses include building and labor contractors, carpenters, mechanics, welders, and others. The rate is 5%. One of our agents can not only help investors set up a company in Seychelles in these business fields but can also provide more details on this particular method of taxation. 
 

Personal taxation in Seychelles

 
Some entrepreneurs may also be interested in the Seychelles tax system for individuals, not only for those interested in company formation in Seychelles. Natural persons are only liable to tax on the income they derive from this jurisdiction, irrespective of their residence (whether or not they are a Seychelles resident). As mentioned above, the personal income tax rate is 15%. Foreign nationals who are employed here are under no obligation to file a tax return.
 
Investors in Seychelles can also be interested in the manner in which their investment income is taxed. Those who are tax residents are not subject to taxation on the income they derive from investments outside of the jurisdiction. Investment income derived from Seychelles is subject to income tax. When an individual receives rental income, it is taxable at a 15% rate.
 
A 15% withholding tax applies to dividends when the recipient is a non-resident. There is no withholding tax on royalties and capital gains. There are no exchange control regulations.
 
Seychelles is a recipient of foreign direct investments in various business fields. The following statistics highlight both the evolution of the investment and of the trade:
 
  • - foreign direct investment increased in Seychelles in the second quarter of 2018 by 3.70 million USD.
  • - the average foreign direct investment value in the country was 44.03 million USD from 2007 until 2018.
  • - in 2016, the value of trade for domestic exports was 6,132.2 million SR, with the top destinations countries being France and the United Kingdom.  
 
Foreign investors who want to open companies in Seychelles are invited to contact our local company formation advisors for assistance with the registration process. You can also rely on us for more information on taxation in Seychelles.

 

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