Employment income of individuals is subject to income tax at the following rates for citizens:
For non-citizens, there is no zero tax rate, otherwise the taxation scale is the same.
Employers pay 20% tax on employee’s non-monetary benefits such as car, housing, etc.
Income from business is subject to business tax.
For sole traders and partnerships, the tax rates are:
For companies, the tax rates are:
Reduced tax rates are established for various sectors of the economy. Small non-VAT registered businesses with revenues of up to SCR 1 million can pay turnover tax at the rate of 1.5% (in which case they do not pay business tax).
Seychelles has a territorial tax system, which is gradually being amended. Changes introduced to tax legislation in late December 2020 should ensure the removal of Seychelles from the EU’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions. These changes provide the following for large Seychelles companies:
Work is also in progress to meet the OECD's requirements for transparency and information exchange.
Dividends and royalties are subject to 15% withholding tax. Interest paid on loans by companies other than banking institutions is also subject to 15% withholding tax. Interest on deposits, bonds, etc. is taxed at different rates.
The tax may be withheld on certain other types of income.
This tax is charged to companies with a turnover of at least CSR 1 million. It is payable monthly at the rate of 0.5% of the revenues.
The standard VAT rate is 15%.
Social security contributions are paid on employment remuneration at the rate of 20% by employers and 2.5% by employees.
Foreigners who own residential immovable property are liable to an annual immovable property tax at the rate of 0.25% of the market value of such property.
Residents buying immovable property pay stamp duty at the rate of 5% of the transaction amount. There are special rules for non-residents.
Stamp duty may also be payable on certain other transactions.
The Seychelles has concluded 28 Double Tax Treaties (DTC) and 11 Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) agreements with the following jurisdictions:
28 DTCs: Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Botswana, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Guernsey, Indonesia, Isle Of Man, Jersey, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Oman, Qatar, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Zambia.
11 TIEAs: Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Guernsey, Iceland, India, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Swiss Confederation.
Seychelles has also signed and ratified the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI). The Multilateral Convention entered into force for the Seychelles on April 1, 2022.
There are generally no restrictions on the repatriation of investments or income. Practice shows that a fall in foreign currency earnings (in particular, following a significant drop in the number of tourists) can make the jurisdiction introduce certain restrictions (in particular, on imports).