Accounting and legal

Accounting and tax

    Corporate tax planning in Zambia
  1. All resident, non-resident and branches of foreign legal entities in Zambia are subject to a standard corporate tax rate of 35%. Income derived from farming activities benefit from a reduced rate of 10%;
  2. All companies in Zambia are obliged to file tax returns by the 30th of June every year failure to which a penalty of US$80 per month is chargeable;
  3. The standard VAT rate is 16%. VAT filings are to be remitted monthly to the tax authorities;
  4. Withholding tax in Zambia is levied on payments by companies made both to Zambian entities and abroad, at a rate of i) 15% on interest ii) 15% on dividends and iii) 20% on royalties;
  5. Branches are subject to an additional 15% branch remittance tax on income remitted to their parent company;
  6. Businesses in Zambia must also pay Social Security and unemployment insurance contributions of 9% of gross salaries;
  7. Zambian companies can carry forward their losses for up to 10 years;
  8. Sales and transfers of land and buildings are subject to a property tax of 5%;
  9. The Republic of Zambia has signed 17 double tax treaties with different countries including Italy, Ireland, France, UK and Sweden among other jurisdictions;
  10. It is important our Clients’ are aware of their personal and corporate tax obligations in their country of residence and domicile; and they will fulfill those obligations annually. Let us know if you need Healy Consultants’ help to clarify your annual reporting obligations.

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For additional information on our accounting and tax services in Zambia, please email us at Alternatively please contact our in-house country expert, Ms. Zhang Yi, directly:
client relationship officer - Zhang Yi