Botswana - Mixed (Common and Civil law)
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Botswana taxes

If you want to do business in Botswana, reading this will help you becoming knowlegeable on the specific tax laws and rates for a LLC which is the most common legal entity in Botswana.

Botswana taxes corporate income on a territorial basis. This means that income earned abroad, from our research, but seek professional advice, is not subject to taxation. However, dividends and interests received from foreign entities are taxed on an accrual basis, with a tax credit available for foreign withholding tax paid. The effective tax rate on a LLC entity is 22%. This ranks Botswana as 88th when compared to CIT globally.

The value added tax (VAT) rate in BW is 12.00%, that ranks Botswana as 64th overall with regards to VAT globally. In terms of other taxation, there are no social security contributions. The overall complexity of the tax system is low. This is measured by average time to comply with a country's labor tax requirements is as it is 40hours. Contributing to this is the number of yearly labor tax payments, which is 4 in BW.

Thin capitalization rules are in play. This refers to any type of restrictions on a business and the debt-to-asset ratios. Dividends paid to resident companies are subject to a withholding tax of 7.5%. Dividends received from residents are exempted. Dividends are payments of a company profit, established by the board of directors, to a particular class of shareholders.Dividends can be one of the following stock, cash, or property. Capital Gains are considered business ordinary income and taxed at the standard CIT rate. However, an exemption may apply to gains on the disposal of shares on a company traded in the Botswana Stock Exchange. A capital gains tax is levied on the profits that a corporation or natural person realizes when they sell sells a capital asset for a price that is higher than the purchase price.

The interest withholding tax rate is estimated at 15%. Which means that the taxman expects legal entities to pay tax on at least 15% of interests remitted abroad. The dividends withholding tax rate is 7.5%. This should be interpreted usually that the relevant tax authorities expects relevant legal entities to pay tax on at least 7.5% of money remitted abroad on dividend payments. Royalties withholding tax rate is 15%. Which means that taxman expects relevant legal entitites withhold 15% of royalty payments remitted abroad. Taxes may be reduced under a tax treaty.
There is no known tax on wealth in Botswana. There are inheritance, real estate and transfer taxes in Botswana. We are not aware of any commonly used R&D intitiatives that provide tax relief in BW.

The above is not tax or legal advice for your company's facts and circumstance. We are able to help you to find to a lawyer in Botswana who can give you the proper advice and help you need. Click incorporate now if you are in a hurry, or press the free consultation button above.

It takes approximately 40 hours to file and prepare documents for a Botswana Mixed (Common and Civil law).
The corporate tax is approximately 22% which is 90 in the world.

Owners of a company in Botswana are not allowed to carry back a loss and may be allowed to carry forward a loss for 5 years.

The vat rate in Botswana is 12% which ranks 61 in the world.

Patent box
RND credit
Wealth tax
Estate tax
Transfer taxes
Asset taxes
Capital duties
23Tax treaties
0%Offshore Tax
22%Corp rate
-Loss carryback years
40Corporate time
12%VAT rate
22%Capital gains
NoAEOI planned

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Botswana Tax Treaties

CountryTypeDate signed
DTC 2004-08-26
DTC 2004-06-16
DTC 2013-03-09
DTC 1982-10-19
Isle of Man
DTC 1999-04-15
United Kingdom
DTC 2005-09-09
DTC 2006-12-08
South Africa
DTC 2003-08-07
DTC 2010-04-20
DTC 2005-02-23
DTC 1995-09-26
DTC 2003-04-08
DTC 2012-04-11
Faroe Islands
DTC 2009-02-27
DTC 2004-06-16

Country Info

National Flag of
Republic of Botswana (eng)
Lefatshe la Botswana (tsn)
Area Code
Southern Africa
Native Languages