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Setting up a business in Mauritius


Type of Entity

Company holding a Category I Global Business License

Type of Income

Chargeable Income - 15%  
Dividends paid out of income derived by a GBC 1 - Exempt  
Interest paid by a GBC 1 to a non-resident - Exempt  
Capital gains realised on securities by non-residents - Exempt  

Foreign Tax Credit

A company which has suffered a tax on its foreign source income is entitled to the following tax credits as per the ITA 1995:

  • A credit for foreign income tax paid on its foreign source income.
  • A sparing tax credit - a credit for tax deemed to have been paid.
  • In the case of dividend income, an underlying tax credit, i.e. credit for tax paid on income out of which the dividends have been paid under certain conditions.

The foreign tax credits should not in the aggregate exceed that of the Mauritius tax payable on such foreign source income.

The Income Tax (Foreign Tax Credit) Regulation 1996 (under the Income Tax Act 1995) allow for foreign tax credit on the foreign source income of a Mauritian resident. These regulations had been amended by the Income Tax Credit (Amendment Regulation) 1997 whereby the presumed amount of foreign tax was increased from 80% to 90% of the Mauritius tax chargeable. However, the Finance Act 2000 amended the regulations bringing back the presumed foreign tax to 80% - this change became effective as from 1st July 2003. It is to be noted that such presumed foreign tax is available for qualified corporations.

In drafting the Foreign Tax Credit Regulations, the approach has been to be as generous as possible to the taxpayer with regard to foreign tax credit. Mauritius wishes to avoid international double taxation and not to have such double taxation operating as a block to foreign investment. Thus, in number of matters, these Regulations are as generous or more generous than provisions found in the laws of other countries. The foreign tax credit is available for the amount of income actually received in Mauritius and is treated as a foreign tax which is of similar character to the Mauritian income tax. In calculating the tax credits, the Regulations allow for the grossing up of the foreign source income, and provide in respect of foreign tax charged on dividend, credit for the underlying tax charged in the foreign country on profits out of which the dividend is paid. The underlying tax is available to all residents of Mauritius, whether they are companies, individuals or trusts. However, a holding of 5% of the share capital in the paying company is required. The amount of foreign tax credit is limited to the lower of the actual amount of foreign tax or the amount of Mauritius tax. If for example, the foreign tax is at a rate higher than the Mauritius tax, the surplus foreign tax cannot be credited. Moreover, the tax payer can choose to compute the limit either on an item basis or on an overall basis.

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