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Corporate Income Tax - CIT

It is hereby-established a “corporate income tax” levied on business profits received by entities.

Taxpayers

 The following entities shall be subject to corporate income tax:

1° companies established in accordance with Rwandan law or foreign law;

2° cooperative societies and their branches;

3° public business enterprises;

4° partnerships;

5° entities established by Districts, Towns and Municipalities and the City of Kigali, to the extent that these entities conduct business;

6° de facto companies or associations and any other entities that perform business activities, and are established to realize profits.

 

EXEMPTION FROM CORPORATE INCOME TAX

The Government of Rwanda and the following entities are exempted from corporate income tax:

1° the City of Kigali, Districts, Towns and

Municipalities;

2° the National Bank of Rwanda;

3° entities that carry on only activities of a religious, humanitarian, charitable, scientific or educational character, unless the revenue received during a tax period exceeds the corresponding expenses to the extent that those entities conduct a business;

4° international organizations, agencies of technical cooperation and their representatives, if such exemption is provided for by international agreements;

5° qualified pension funds;

6° the Rwanda Social Security Fund;

7° the Rwanda Development Bank;

TAX RATE

Taxable Business profit is rounded down to the nearest one thousand Rwandan Francs (1,000RWF) and taxable at a rate of thirty percent (30%).Newly listed companies on capital market shall be taxed for a period of 5 years on the following rates:

1º 20% if those companies they sell at least 40% of their shares to the public;

2º 25% if those companies sell at least 30% of their shares to the public;

3º 28% if those companies sell at least 20% of their shares to the public.

Venture capital companies registered with the capital markets Authority in Rwanda benefit from a corporate income tax of zero percent (0%) for a period of five (5) years from the date the decision has been taken.

However, a registered investment entity that operates in a Free Trade Zone or foreign companies that has its headquarters in Rwanda that fulfill the requirements stipulated in the Rwandan Law on Investment Promotion are entitled to:

1° pay corporate income tax at the rate of zero per cent (0%);

2° exemption from withholding tax mentioned in Article 51 of the Law nº 16/2005 of 18/08/2005 on direct taxes on income;

3° tax free repatriation of profit.

Registered investor shall be entitled to a profit tax discount of:

1° two percent (2%) if he/she employs between one hundred (100) and two hundred (200) Rwandans employees;

2° five percent (5%) if he/she employs between two hundred and one (201) and four hundred (400) Rwandans employees;

3° six percent (6%) if he/she employs between four hundred and one (401) and nine hundred (900) Rwandans employees;

4° seven percent (7%) if he/she employs more than nine hundred (900) Rwandans employees.

The tax discount mentioned in the previous paragraph is granted to the investor only if he or she maintains the employees for a period of at least six (6) months during a tax period, and the employees are not in the category of employees who pay at the rate of zero percent (0%) as stipulated in Article 50 of Law nº 16/2005 of 18/08/2005 on direct taxes on income”.

If a taxpayer exports commodities or services that bring to the country between three million (3,000,000) US dollars and five million (5,000,000) US dollars in a tax period, he or she is entitled to a tax discount of three percent (3%).

If he or she exports commodities or services that bring to the country more than five million (5,000,000) US dollars in a tax period, he or she is entitled to a tax discount of five percent (5%).

Companies that carry out micro finance activities approved by competent authorities pay corporate income tax at the rate of zero percent (0%) for a period of five (5) years from the time of the approval of the activity.

However, this period may be renewed by the order of the Minister.

TAX DECLARATION

According to article 43 of Income Tax Law No 16/2005; “A taxpayer who receives taxable business profit prepares an annual tax declaration in accordance with the form determined by the tax administration and presents it, at the same time, with the accounting balance sheet, profit and loss statement for the tax period, the annexes thereto, as well as any other relevant document required by the Tax Administration, not later than 31stMarch of the following tax period"

Fore more information on Income Tax and Incentives please check:

Law No 16/2005 of 18/08/2005 on Direct Taxes on Income

Law No 06/2015 of 28/03/2015 relating to Investiment Promotion and Facilitation 

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