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The Bahamas’ Foundations are exempt from all local taxes, provided that no Bahamian residents benefit from the Foundation and no physical assets located in the country are held in the Foundation.
  • Offshore Income Tax Exemption
  • Offshore capital gains tax exemption
  • Offshore dividends tax exemption
  • CFC Rules
  • Thin Capitalisation Rules
  • Patent Box
  • Tax Incentives & Credits
  • Property Tax
  • Wealth tax
  • Estate inheritance tax
  • Transfer tax
  • Capital duties
  • 0% Offshore Income Tax Rate
  • 0% Corporate Tax Rate
  • 0% Capital Gains Tax Rate
  • 0% Dividends Received
  • 0% Dividends Withholding Tax Rate
  • 0% Interests Withholding Tax Rate
  • 0% Royalties Withholding Tax Rate
  • 0 Losses carryback (years)
  • 0 Losses carryforward (years)
  • 0% Personal Income Tax Rate
  • 7.5% VAT Rate
  • 31 Tax Treaties

Country details

North America
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The Commonwealth of the Bahamas consists of more than seven hundred islands (of which 24 are inhabited and more than 700 uninhabited), cays and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, is located to the north of Cuba and Dominican Republic, northwest of Turks and Caicos Islands, to the southeast of the state Florida and east of the Florida Keys. Geographically the Bahamas form, along with the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Lucayan Archipelago, also denominated by extension Bahamas.

It has a population of almost 400,000 inhabitants. Its capital and the most populated city is Nassau, located on the island of New Providence. Its official language is English, although the Bahamian Creole is widely spoken. Its official currency is the Bahamian Dollar, pegged to the US Dollar at an exchange rate of 1:1.

The Bahamas is a hereditary constitutional monarchy belonging to the Commonwealth of Nations. The British monarch, as head of state, appoints his/her representative, the Governor General. Executive power is exercised by the Cabinet, headed by the prime minister, an institution that appears in 1955 with the first parliamentary elections in the archipelago.

Legislative power rests on a bicameral parliamentary system. It is composed of sixteen members of the Senate (appointed by the Governor General) and forty members of the House of Representatives, elected directly by the population.

The Bahamas has an economy based on imports, tourism, and banking. Tourism alone accounts for more than 60 percent of GDP and employs directly or indirectly half the workforce of the archipelago.

Financial services are the second most important sector of the economy: about 15% of GDP.

Industry and agriculture contribute about one-tenth of GDP.

Tax treaties

Country Type Date Signed
India TIEA 2011-02-11
Czech Republic TIEA 2014-03-06
Australia TIEA 2010-03-30
China TIEA 2009-12-01
Canada TIEA 2010-06-17
Monaco TIEA 2009-09-18
Denmark TIEA 2010-03-10
Finland TIEA 2010-03-10
Faroe Islands TIEA 2010-03-10
Germany TIEA 2010-04-09
Greenland TIEA 2010-03-10
Norway TIEA 2010-03-10
Guernsey TIEA 2011-08-08
United Kingdom TIEA 2009-10-29
Argentina TIEA 2009-12-03
Belgium TIEA 2009-12-07
Japan TIEA 2011-01-27
Spain TIEA 2010-03-11
Aruba TIEA 2011-08-08
Iceland TIEA 2010-03-10
San Marino TIEA 2009-09-24
South Africa TIEA 2011-09-14
Poland TIEA 2013-06-28
New Zealand TIEA 2009-11-18
Korea, Republic of TIEA 2011-08-04
Mexico TIEA 2010-02-23
United States TIEA 2002-01-25
Malta TIEA 2012-01-18
Netherlands TIEA 2009-12-04
Sweden TIEA 2010-03-10
France TIEA 2009-12-07


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