HOW CAN LUXEMBOURG BE A TRUE ALTERNATIVE FOR COMPANIES?
The particularly advantageous frame of the direct taxation (company taxation) and indirect taxation (VAT) increases the attractiveness of Luxembourg as a place for companies.
Luxembourg offers many advantages to companies, including in terms of taxation.
Contribution rate (average) (http://www.ccss.lu/cotisations/parametres-sociaux/)
Employee’s share: 12.45%
Employer’s share: 14.22% (based on class 1)
Any company based in Luxembourg is taxable on four aspects only:
Community income tax (company taxation).
A corporate income tax rate of 18% applies to company if the annual taxable income exceed 30 000 € (otherwise 15 %).
City business tax
- The city business tax is a tax that is levied only on commercial, industrial, mining and craft operations located in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. It is calculated according to the operating profit of the companies and does not take into account the operator’s family expenses.
- The commercial tax, according to the operating profit, is calculated on a base that corresponds to 3% of the operating profit, the operating profit being decreased by a € 17,500 reduction for taxpayers liable to community income tax and € 40,000 for other taxpayers.
- The wealth tax for resident and non-resident individuals has been abrogated since January 1, 2006. The following comment therefore only applies to previous taxation years. However, regarding collective companies and people companies, unit values for fortunes and operating rights should be set if at least one of the co-operators or co-partners is a legal entity subjected to the wealth taxation, the latter (resident and non-resident) being subject to the wealth tax.
- In some cases, a minimum wealth tax is levied on the company’s total assets.
Chamber of Commerce contribution
- € 70/year for a s.à.r.l. / € 350 for a S.A. ( in Europe, i.e. 3, 8, 14 to 17% depending on the business sectors).
Value added tax (VAT)
The Luxembourg government has set up a company-friendly environment by setting one of the lowest VAT rates in Europe, i.e. 3, 8, 14 to 17% depending on the business sectors.
Fiscal measure in favour of Intellectual Property
In order to reinforce the competitiveness of Luxembourg, the government has introduced a fiscal measure providing for the exemption of 80% of the income generated by copyrights on software programmes, patents, trademarks, drawings or models.
The new law encourages innovation, and allows Luxembourg companies to improve the fiscal processing of the income generated by their investments in the area of intellectual property (the effective taxation rate that applies is reduced from 26,01% to about 6%, making it one of the lowest rates in Europe).
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