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Update - Aruba Confirms Income Tax, Ground Tax, and Turnover Tax Changes for 2019

Aruba's government has confirmed changes in income tax and ground tax in releases issued on 4 January and 9 January 2019, respectively. The ground tax brackets and rates are as previously reported, while the progressive income tax is presented as just four main brackets:

  • up to AWG 33,587 – 14%
  • over AWG 33,587 up to 63,369– 25%
  • over AWG 63,369 up to 141,783- 42%
  • over AWG 141,783 – 52%

The deductible tax allowance is increased from AWG 20,455 to AWG 27,751 as compared to 2018.

The government also issued a release on 3 January concerning changes for turnover taxes; the business turnover tax (BBO), the crisis levy (BAVP), and the health tax (BAZV). This includes that as of 1 January 2019, merchants are prohibited from including the turnover taxes on any receipt and invoice. This is because these are turnover taxes and not sales taxes, and it is intended that the merchant absorb these expenses. If a merchant will not absorb the expense for the turnover taxes, they must be included as part of the product or service price.

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