Jersey tax system: audit, reporting and optimization of taxation of Jersey companies and individuals: VAT, income tax and capital gains

Basic taxes (briefly)

Personal tax 20%
Corporate tax (in detail) The corporate income tax rate is 0%, with a few exceptions when the tax rate is 10% or 20%.
Capital gains tax. Details
VAT. Details Sales tax on goods and services. Similar to VAT. The tax rate is 5%.
Other taxes Social contributions
Government fee GBP150
Stamp duty Charged in relation to real estate transactions at various rates.

International tax agreement

Australia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Faroes, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Iceland, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Singapore, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.
   
Australia, Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, UK, USA.


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Personal income tax

Jersey tax residents pay income tax on their worldwide income (non-domiciled tax residents pay tax on overseas income remitted to Jersey).

Income tax is levied at a flat rate of 20%. If the alternative tax at the rate of 26% on income calculated with a number of applicable deductions is lower, then it is the alternative tax that is payable. There is a special taxation program for wealthy immigrants.

Corporate income tax

Jersey tax resident companies are taxed on their worldwide income.

The corporate income tax rate is 0%, with a few exceptions when the tax rate is 10% or 20%.

The tax rate of 10% applies to Jersey financial services companies as defined by the relevant laws (including banking, insurance, investment, trust management services, etc.).

The tax rate of 20% applies to utility companies, such as telephone, gas, and electricity companies. Income from transactions with real estate, its use and rent is also taxed at 20%. The same tax rate applies to large retailers as well.

Capital gains tax

None.

CFC rules

None.

Withholding tax

No withholding tax is levied on payments to non-resident companies.

Investment income of non-resident individuals could potentially be taxed at the rate of 20%.

Goods and services tax (GST)

This tax is similar to VAT. The tax rate is 5%.

Social security contributions

Social security contributions are payable by employees at the rate of 6% and by employers at the rate of 6.5% in respect of employees’ earnings of up to GBP 55,320 per annum.

Employers also pay an additional social security contribution at the rate of 2.5% on employees’ annual earnings of more than GBP 55,320 but not more than GBP 252,360.

Jersey resident individuals also pay a long-term care contribution at the rate of 1.5% on income of up to GBP 252,360.

Stamp duty

Stamp duty applies to Jersey-situated real estate transactions at various rates.

Double taxation treaties

Jersey has entered into the following tax information exchange arrangements:

27 DTCs: Australia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Faroes, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Iceland, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Singapore, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

38 TIEAs: Australia, Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, UK, USA.

Exchange control

There are generally no restrictions on foreign exchange transactions.

    Taxes of Jersey

    Min. rate for corporate tax 0%
    Capital gains tax No
    VAT 5%
    Withholding tax 0%
    Exchange control No
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