A Guide to Macau’s Taxation System

Date published: 2020-11-03   — by Celestine Loh

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As well as Macau’s dreamy taxation system, Macau has gained a reputation for being the Las Vegas of Asia. Additionally, the city is also known as a tax haven, owing to the country’s pro-business tax structure. With low levels of corporate and personal taxes, it is an enticing country to conduct business. 

Macau’s Taxation System

Macau does not distinguish between resident and non-resident for the purpose of taxes on individuals. Instead,  as long as an individual is granted a Permanent Residence Permit, they are regarded as a Macau resident. On the flip side, if you are working in Macau on a full-time contract, your employer will settle the taxation procedure on your behalf.  

An interesting categorisation for Macau businesses is that they are separated into Group A and Group B. Group A companies are able to maintain a level of capital more or equal to 1 million MOP (Macau Patacas). While Group B companies are either able to file taxes for the first time or are unable to meet the financial requirements set by Group A. 

Tax levels in Macau in general are much lower than its Asian counterparts. This makes it highly attractive for businesses and individuals alike to come to Macau. The tax authority in Macau is called the Financial Services Bureau and it is a branch of the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region. Having a well-built reputation also paves the way for the multitude of treaties and agreements that Macau has with other countries. This makes international business tax procedures a breeze. Additionally, there are no inheritance, capital gain, or gift taxes in Macau. 

Personal Income Taxes in Macau’s Taxation System

Level of Income (in Macau Patacas)

Tax Rate

0 to 144,000

0%

144,001 to 164,000

7%

164,001 to 184,000

8%

184,001 to 224,000

9%

224,001 to 304,000

10%

304,001 to 424,000

11%

424,000 and over

12%

 

Corporate Income Taxes

In general, all companies’ first 600,000 MOP are exempted from taxes. Subsequently, your company will be taxed based on a rate of 12%

Group A companies are taxed based on their certified taxation returns that are submitted to the Macau Financial Services Bureau.

Group B companies are taxed based on their assessed profit measures. 

To sum up, Macau’s taxation system is a dream for individuals and businesses and easy to navigate. 

 

This article does not constitute legal advice.

The opinions expressed in the column above represent the author’s own.

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