Effective 1st February 2016, the VAT rate of 15% was reduced to 12.5% on the value of imports and the value of supplies of goods and services. The value of goods imported into Trinidad and Tobago is the total of:
All businesses earning a gross income of $500,000.00 per annum and over are required to be registered with the VAT Office, Board of Inland Revenue.
VAT returns are due every 2 months (6 times per annum) and must be submitted within 8 days of the due date. The difference between output tax and input tax is payable or refundable.
The Property Tax Act 2009 provided that it would come into operation on 1st January 2010. It repealed the Lands and Building Taxes Act Chapter 76:04. The Act changed the assessment basis of land from assessment of the ‘annual rateable’ value to assessment of the ‘annual rental’ value.
Rates on residential property are 3%; commercial 5%; industrial (a) 6% where the plant and machinery are housed in a building; and (b) 3% where not housed in a building.
However, a moratorium was placed on this Act by the Government in power at the time, and the Act has not been proclaimed for the past five years.
This duty is levied on instruments of all types, for example, deeds of conveyance, mortgages, debentures, trusts, leases, insurance policies, annuity policies, agreements, share transfers. The duty is paid at the Board of Inland Revenue and a machine stamp is affixed to the instrument.
The rates vary from $25.00 on a trust deed to $4.00 per $1,000. on mortgages and charges:
Taxes are levied by reference to class or description of the motor vehicle, for example, private motor cars and station waggons fall within one class; taxis and maxi-taxis within another, and goods vehicles within a third class.
Tax is imposed by reference to engine size for all vehicles.
These are levied at varying rates on customs entries in respect of imported goods according to classification in Schedules to the relevant legislation. There are exemptions in relation to specific goods.
In all cases, the basis of the duty is the c.i.f. value of the goods at the time of import.
The rates of Customs Duties (as per the Caribbean Community’s Common External Tariff) have been gradually reduced over the years. There is a restricted imposition of import surcharge.
The returns are made on specified forms at the port of entry to the Comptroller of Customs and Excise, and goods are released after the taxes are assessed and paid.
On the manufacture of beverages at rates varying from 20 cents to $148.95 per litre. Cigarettes also attract excise duties.
The following annual fees for business licences are applicable:
Health Surcharge is paid by income earners at the following rates:
Returns and contributions are made to the Board of Inland Revenue on a monthly basis for employees and quarterly for persons with income other than employment income.
Returns and contributions are made to the National Insurance Board on a monthly basis for employees. There is at present, no compulsory scheme of contributions for the self-employed.
Earning Classes and Contributions Effective 5th September 2016 (Based on 13.2% contribution rate).
|Earnings Class||Weekly Earnings||Monthly Earnings||Assumed Average Weekly Earnings||Employee Weekly Contribution||Employeer Weekly Contribution||Total Weekly Contribution||Class Z Weekly|
|I||200.00 – 339.99||867 – 1472.99||270||11.9||23.8||35.7||1.79|
|II||340.00 – 449.99||1473 – 1949.99||395||17.4||34.8||52.2||2.61|
|III||450.00 – 609.99||1950 – 2642.99||530||23.3||46.6||69.9||3.5|
|IV||610.00 – 759.99||2643 – 3292.99||685||30.1||60.2||90.3||4.52|
|V||760.00 – 929.99||3293 – 4029.99||845||37.2||74.4||111.6||5.58|
|VI||930.00 – 1119.99||4030 – 4852.99||1025||45.1||90.2||135.3||6.77|
|VII||1120.00 – 1299.99||4853 – 5632.99||1210||53.2||106.4||159.6||7.98|
|VIII||1300.00 – 1489.99||5633 – 6456.99||1395||61.4||122.8||184.2||9.21|
|IX||1490.00 – 1709.99||6457 – 7409.99||1600||70.4||140.8||211.2||10.56|
|X||1710.00 – 1909.99||7410 – 8276.99||1810||79.6||159.2||238.8||11.94|
|XI||1910.00 – 2139.99||8277 – 9272.99||2025||89.1||178.2||267.3||13.37|
|XII||2140.00 – 2379.99||9273 – 10312.99||2260||99.4||198.8||298.2||14.91|
|XIII||2380.00 – 2629.99||10313 – 11396.99||2505||110.2||220.4||330.6||16.53|
|XIV||2630.00 – 2919.99||11397 – 12652.99||2775||122.1||244.2||366.3||18.32|
|XV||2920.00 – 3137.99||12653 – 13599.99||3029||133.3||266.6||399.9||20|
|XVI||3138.00 and over||13600 and over||3138||138.1||276.2||414.3||20.72|
Contributions payable by an employer in respect of employment injury coverage for an employed person who has not yet attained the age of sixteen years or who has attained the age of sixty-five years shall be as set out in Class Z, and for an unpaid apprentice shall be $1.00 per week.