Uruguay recently amended its tax residency law, including a ten-year tax holiday that grants zero tax on foreign income:
A quick update from us on interesting developments in Uruguay. The business-friendly government there has recently amended its “tax holiday” system for tax residents, upping the South American haven’s already world-class credentials as a second residency location.
As announced in a recent update from global consultants EY, last September, the government approved Law No. 19,904, amending its resident and non-resident income tax regimes. The new law means that individuals who are tax resident in Uruguay can choose between two different tax regime options for their foreign-source income:
This new law applies from 2020 onwards. Foreigners who are resident in the country and who opted for what was previously a five-year tax holiday are also eligible to opt for the ten-year extension from 2020 onwards.
- You can opt for a flat 7% tax rate on all future foreign capital yields, or
- Take a ten-year “tax holiday”, granting zero tax on foreign income, before being subject to the “normal” tax rate, which is currently around 12%.
In order to be eligible for the tax holiday, you just need to be able to prove that you own a piece of Uruguayan property whose value is 3.5 million Indexed Units ( around US$375,000), from 22 January 2021. You also need to prove that you are physically present in Uruguay for at least 60 days per calendar year.