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Financial Information for the Residential Property Buyer


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Last Updated: December 06, 2016

Barbados luxury homes properties

INDIVIDUAL TAXATION

Residents are taxed on their worldwide income. Married couples are taxed separately and there is no option for joint taxation.

INCOME TAX

The following categories of income are subject to income tax: (1) business income, (2) income from profession, (3) property income, (4) offices and employment income, (5) dividends and interest, royalties, annuities, (6) directors’ and other fees, retirement allowances, and (7) partnership profits.

The taxable income will be the assessable income less income-generating expenses and allowable deductions. Income from all sources is aggregated and taxed at progressive rates.

INCOME TAX 2015

TAXABLE INCOME, BBD (US$) TAX RATE
Up to 25,000 (US$12,500) 0%
25,000 – 60,000 (US$30,000) 16%
Over 60,000 (US$30,000) 33.50% on income over US$30,000
Source: Global Property Guide

RENTAL INCOME

Rental Income Tax

Rental income from residential property is taxed at a special flat rate of 15%. When computing the taxable income, income-generating expenses are deductible.

CAPITAL GAINS
In Barbados, no tax is levied on capital gains. However, regular capital gains on the disposal of real property may be taxed as business income.

Gains on the disposal of land may be subject to the land development duty, which is deductible in computing taxable income.


PROPERTY TAX

Property Taxes

Property tax is levied at different rates, depending on the classification of the property and the property value.

For tax year 2015-2016, vacant land is taxed at a flat rate of 0.80% and non-residential properties is taxed at a flat rate of 0.70%.

For residential properties, property tax is levied on the “improved value” of the property, essentially the fair market value, as determined by the Commissioner of Land Tax. Property tax is levied at progressive rates.

A maximum tax cap of BBD60,000 (US$30,000) has been placed on residential properties. The maximum tax payable on residential properties is BBD60,000 (US$30,000).

PROPERTY TAX 2015-2016 IN RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES

TAX BASE, BBD (US$)
TAX RATE
Up to 150,000 (US$75,000)
0%
150,000 - 450,000 (US$225,000)
0.10%
450,000 – 1,000,000 (US$500,000)
0.45%
Over 1,000,000 (US$500,000)
0.75%
Source: Global Property Guide

PROPERTY TAX 2014-2015 IN RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES

TAX BASE, BBD (US$)
TAX RATE
Up to 190,000 (US$95,000)
0%
190,000 - 500,000 (US$250,000)
0.10%
500,000 – 1,250,000 (US$625,000)
0.45%
Over 1,250,000 (US$650,000)
0.75%
Source: Global Property Guide

For tax year 2014-2015, vacant land is taxed at a flat rate of 0.60% and non-residential properties is taxed at a flat rate of 0.50%. Residential properties are taxed at progressive rates.

CORPORATE TAXATION

INCOME TAX

Income and capital gains earned by companies are generally subject to the flat corporate tax rate of 25%. Income-generating expenses are deductible when calculating taxable income.

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