Nicaragua - Civil Law
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Nicaragua taxes

If you want to do business in Nicaragua, this article explains the tax laws for a Sociedad Anónima (S.A.), which is the most common company type in Nicaragua.

Nicaragua taxes corporate income on a territorial basis. This means that income earned outside the country, from our research, but seek professional advice, is not subject to taxation. Income accrued within the country is taxed at a corporate income tax rate of 30%. Nicaragua ranks 136th overall with regards to corp. taxation rate internationally.

The valued added tax rate in Nicaragua is 15.00%, that ranks the country as 79th when compared to value added tax rate worldwide. In terms of other taxation, an employer will contribute 19% to the equivalent of a social security fund and an employee will contribute 6.25%. The overall complexity of the tax system is medium. This is measured by average time to comply with a country's labor tax requirements is as it is 76hours. Contributing to this is the number of yearly labor tax payments, which is 2 in NI.

Thin cap standards aren't in effect. Thin capitalisation refers to any type of restrictions on a business and the debt-to-asset ratios.
Dividends received are generally tax-exempt. However, stock dividends may be considered capital income and subject to a withholding tax of 10%. A dividend is a distribution of a portion of earnings of the business, established by the board, to shareholders. Dividends can be either cash payments, shares of stock, or other property.
Capital Gains are generally subject to a final withholding tax of 10%. Reduced rates may apply for gains from the transfer of Nicaraguan shares that took place outside the country (5%), gains from the lease of fixed assets and non-fixed assets (7% and 5%, respectively) and gains from the transfer of certain assets such as real estate or vehicles (progressive rate from 1% to 4%). A capital gains tax is levied on the profits that a corporation or natural person realizes when he or she sells 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 on15% of interests remitted abroad. The dividends withholding tax rate is 15%. This should be interpreted that usually the tax authorities expects legal entities to automatically withhold 15% of dividends remitted abroad. The royalties withholding tax rate is 15%. This means that the taxman expects legal entities to withhold 15% of royalties paid to non-residents. Payments on dividends, interests or royalties to residents of jurisdictions considered tax havens are subject to a withholding tax of 17%.
There is no known tax on wealth in Nicaragua. There are real property and inheritance taxes. There are no widely used research and development tax incentives in this country.

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It takes approximately 67 hours to file and prepare documents for a Nicaragua Civil Law.
The corporate tax is approximately 30% which is 136 in the world.

Owners of a company in Nicaragua are not allowed to carry back a loss and may be allowed to carry forward a loss for 3 years.

The vat rate in Nicaragua is 15% which ranks 78 in the world.

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0%Offshore Tax
30%Corp rate
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67Corporate time
15%VAT rate
10%Capital gains
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Nicaragua Tax Treaties

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