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Nevis tax system - taxation of Nevis companies and individuals: VAT, income tax and capital gains. Tax treaties of St.Kitts and Nevis.

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Taxes of Saint Kitts and Nevis

Сorporate tax
Capital gains tax
15% (dividend), 15% (interest), 15% (royalty)
Withholding tax
Exchange control

Basic taxes (briefly)

Personal tax
Corporate tax (in detail)
Resident companies pay tax on global income, non-residents - on income from sources in the country. The income tax rate is 33%
Capital gains tax. Details
Gains from the sale of assets with a holding period of up to a year are taxed at half the tax rate, in any case not more than 20%
VAT. Details
The standard VAT rate is 17%. A preferential rate of 10% applies to the tourism and hospitality industry
Other taxes
Social contributions, real estate tax
Government fee
Stamp duty
Stamp duty is payable at various rates for real estate transactions.

Personal taxes

The employment income of individuals is not subject to personal income tax.

However, in addition to social security contributions earnings are subject to housing and social development levy. For employers, the rate is 3%. Employees are charged at the rate of 3.5% on monthly earnings ranging from XCD (East Caribbean Dollar) 1,000 to 6,500, 10% on earnings from XCD 6,500 to 8,000, and 12% on earnings over XCD 8,000.

The income of individuals from any business that includes trade, professional services, or any kind of entrepreneurship, but does not include employment, is taxed at the rate of 4% on the revenue less XCD 12,500 for trading business and less XCD 2,000 for business of providing services. Entrepreneurs have the right to switch (only once) from this tax regime to the payment of corporate income tax.

Corporate income tax

Resident companies pay tax on their worldwide income and non-residents on income sourced within the country.

The corporate income tax rate is 33%.

Until recently, companies that did not do business in the country or only did business with foreign counterparties were exempt from tax. This regime does not apply to newly incorporated companies and from July 2021 ceases to apply to companies incorporated before 31 December 2018.

Gains from the sale of assets held for up to a year are taxed at half the tax rate, but in any case, at no more than 20%.

CFC rules


Withholding tax

Withholding tax on dividends, interest, and royalties is levied at the rate of 15%.

Withholding tax may also be levied on some other types of income.


The standard VAT rate is 17%.

A reduced rate of 10% applies in the tourist and hospitality industry.

Social security contributions

Social security contributions are paid on the earnings at the rate of 5% by employers and at the rate of 5% by employees. The maximum monthly earnings used to calculate contributions are XCD 6,500.

There are other contributions too, in particular, contributions to the Severance Payments Fund (1% for the employer) and employment injury coverage (1% for the employer).

There is a housing and social development levy. For employers, the rate is 3%. For employees, the contribution is levied at progressive rates: 3.5% for monthly earnings from XCD 1,000 to 6,500; 10% for earnings from XCD 6,500 to 8,000, and 12% for earnings over XCD 8,000.

Property tax

This tax is levied on the market value of the property. Residential property is taxed at 0.2% rate and commercial property – at 0.3% rate.

There are exemptions.

Stamp duty

Stamp duty is payable at various rates on real estate transactions.

Stamp duty may also be charged on certain other transactions.

International tax treaties

Nevis has 6 Double Tax Treaties (DTC) and 21 Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEA) with the following jurisdictions:

6 DTC: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

21 TIEAs: Aruba, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Curaçao, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Guernsey, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Saint Maarten, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Exchange control

Foreign exchange transactions can generally be made without restrictions.

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