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Financial Information for Residential Property Buyers


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Last Updated: November 09, 2017

INDIVIDUL TAXATION

Panamá has a territorial taxation system and residents are taxed only on their Panamian-sourced income. Married couples are generally taxed separately but they may opt for joint taxation.

INCOME TAX

Resident individuals are taxed on their total income received from Panamá sources, including (1) income from employment and from rendering personal services, (2) income from business activities, (3) income from agricultural activities, and (4) investment income.

All individuals, with the exception of employees earning a single salary, are required to file an income tax return. Income tax is levied at progressive rates, depending on the taxable income.

INCOME TAX

TAXABLE INCOME, (US$) TAX RATE
Up to US$11,000 0%
US$11,000 - US$50,000 15% on band over US$11,000
Over US$50,000 25% on all income over US$50,000
Source: Global Property Guide

Resident individuals are allowed to deduct the following personal allowances and deductions from their taxable income:

  • Annual deduction of US$800 for married couples filing a joint tax return
  • Interest paid on mortgage loans for home improvements on residences located in Panama, up to US$15,000 annually
  • Interest paid on loans for education
  • Medical expenses of the taxpayer and his dependents, subject to certain conditions
  • Donations to local educational and charitable institutions, up to US$50,000 annually

RENTAL INCOME
Rental income is taxed at progressive rates. Income-generating expenses are deductible from the gross rent: municipal and national taxes, maintenance and repairs, administrative expenses, and depreciation of the property.

CAPITAL GAINS
Taxable capital gains are calculated by deducting the following from the property value at the time of disposal (selling price or market value): acquisition costs, improvement costs, and transaction costs.

Capital gains realized from transactions that are part of ordinary business activities are taxed at the standard progressive income tax rates.

VALUE ADDED TAX (Impuesto a la
transferencia de bienes corporales muebles con crédito fiscal
)

Leasing immovable property in Panamá is subject to VAT, levied at a flat rate of 7% on the gross rent.

Entities with an average monthly turnover less than US$3,000 (during the previous tax year) and an average yearly turnover of US$36,000 are exempted from VAT.


PROPERTY TAX


Property Tax (Impuesto de Inmuebles)

Real estate located in Panamá, whether urban or rural, is subject to property taxes. The tax base depends on the total value of the land, plus all improvements, as appraised by Land Commission (Oficina de Catastro). Real estate transactions at prices above the appraisal value automatically increase their value for tax purposes.
The property tax is imposed at progressive rates.

PROPERTY TAX

TAX BASE, US$ TAX RATE
Up to US$30,000 nil
US$30,000 - US$50,000 1.75% on band over US$30,000
US$50,000 - US$75,000 1.95% on band over US$50,000
Over US$75,000 2.10% on all value over US$75,000

CORPORATE TAXATION

INCOME TAX

Income earned by companies is taxed at a flat corporate tax rate of 25%. Income-generating expenses are deductible when calculating taxable income.

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

Capital gains realized by companies from transactions that are part of ordinary business activities are taxed at the standard progressive income tax rates.

Capital gains realized by companies from transactions not part of ordinary business activities are taxed at a special flat rate of 10%. A 3% withholding tax is levied on the transaction, which will then be credited against the taxpayer's capital gains tax liability.

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