Accounting and tax

Corporate tax information for Belize company

GST and corporate-related taxes

  1. The standard Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate in Belize is 12.5% on imports and transactions of goods and services rendered; GST returns must be filed at the end of every month;
  2. Businesses in Belize must register for GST under the following circumstances:
    • Value of taxable supplies of goods and services is US$75,000 or more;
    • Average monthly value of table supplies is US$6,250 or more, for businesses that are incorporated for less than 1 year.

  3. After the application for GST registration is approved, the Belize Department of GST will issue a Certificate of Registration bearing Tax Identification Number (TIN). Our Client must display this certificate in a prominent spot at the place of business;
  4. Companies should follow the standard Tax Invoice format when issuing invoices to their customers including:
    • The title ‘Tax Invoice’;
    • Serial number and date of issue;
    • Name, address and TIN of the business and customer;
    • Description of goods and services supplied;
    • Price of the goods and services before tax;
    • Rate of GST charged.

  5. Belize resident companies are subject to income tax generally at a rate of 25%, only on income sourced within Belize;
  6. Withholding tax is applicable to:
    • Dividends paid to non-residents, subject to withholding tax rate at 15%;
    • Management fees, rental of plant and equipment, and technical services fees paid to non-residents, subject to withholding tax rate at 25%.

Other tax considerations

  1. Property and land are subject to tax in Belize between 1 to 12% of the land’s value. The tax rate depends on i) if the property is developed ii) used to collect rent and iii) location of the property;
  2. With the aim of steering away as a tax haven, Belize has signed Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with 13 nations to promote international co-operation in tax transparency and exchange of information;
  3. For employees over 14 years old and under 65 years old, it is mandatory for a Belizean company to make Social Security contribution for the employees. Social Security contributions are payable by the employer by the 14th day of each month;
  4. Resident employees who earn more than BZ$26,000 (approximately US$13,000) are subject to a flat personal tax rate of 25%. Resident employees who earn less than BZ$26,000 per annum are exempt from personal income tax;
  5. Belize has double taxation agreements with the United Kingdom, Austria, and countries from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Contact us

For additional information on our accounting and tax services in Belize, please email us at email@healyconsultants.com. Alternatively please contact our in-house country expert, Mr. Petar Chakarov, directly:
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