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Tax Law – Lawyers in Panama

With a team of lawyers and accountants, Bufete Illueca‘s  tax practice considers the dynamism of the business environment. Emphasizing our reputation as business facilitators in different industries, we strive to assist our clients to overcome any challenges by developing creative and practical solutions.

An efficient tax strategy is a critical element in any business operation or investment as it adds value and minimizes financial risks.

We currently represent several national and multinational companies facing complex challenges involving international business transactions and commercial operations. Likewise, we provide active advice and collaborate with the internal accounting departments of our clients, as well as their accounting firms, auditors and external consultants to jointly design an optimal approach with the best possible outcome for the company.

How can we assist you?

Our services in tax law includes:

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Estadísticas e indicadores relevantes

Paying Taxes

DB 2015 Rank 166 DB 2014 Rank*** 165 Change in Rank -1
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 55.83 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 48.60 Change in DTF** (% points) 48.70
Indicator Panama Latin America & Caribbean OECD
Payments (number per year) 52.0 29.9 11.8
Time (hours per year) 417.0 365.8 175.4
Profit tax (%) 12.4 20.7 16.4
Labor tax and contributions (%) 20.0 14.7 23.0
Other taxes (%) 4.8 12.9 1.9
Total tax rate (% profit) 37.2 48.3 41.3
Tax or mandatory contribution Payments (number) Notes on Payments Time (hours) Statutory tax rate Tax base Total tax rate (% profit) Notes on TTR
Employer paid – Social security contributions 12 paid jointly 144 12.25% gross salaries 13.82
Corporate income tax 4 83 25% taxable profit 12.39
Employer paid – Professional risk insurance 0 2.1% gross salaries 2.37
Employer paid – Workers’ severance payments 4 1.92% gross salaries 2.17
Employer paid – Education contribution 0 1.5% gross salaries 1.69
Commercial license tax 0 paid jointly 2% net worth 1.59
Real estate tax 3 0% to 2.1% real estate value 1.24
Transfer tax 1 various rates sales price 1.21
Municipal Business Tax 12 375 per month fixed fee 0.67
Capital gains tax 1 various rates capital gains 0.51 included in other taxes
Advertising tax 0 paid jointly USD15 per ad per month 0.03
Vehicle tax 1 fixed fee 0.02
Stamp tax on check transactions 1 10 cents per check number of checks 0.00
Value added tax (VAT) 12 190 7% value added 0.00 not included
Fuel tax 1 0.25 per gallon 0.00
Employee paid – Social security contributions 0 paid jointly 9.75% gross salaries 0.00 withheld
Employee paid – Education contribution 0 paid jointly 1.25% gross salaries 0.00 withheld
Totals: 52.0 417.0 37.2

Trading Across Borders

DB 2015 Rank 91.25 DB 2014 Rank*** 8 Change in Rank -1
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 91.25 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 92.09 Change in DTF** (% points) -0.84
Indicator Panama Latin America & Caribbean OECD
Documents to export (number) 3 6 4
Time to export (days) 10.0 16.8 10.5
Cost to export (US$ per container) 665.0 1,299.1 1,080.3
Cost to export (deflated US$ per container) 665.0 1,299.1 1,080.3
Documents to import (number) 3 7 4
Time to import (days) 9.0 18.7 9.6
Cost to import (US$ per container) 1,030.0 1,691.1 1,100.4
Cost to import (deflated US$ per container) 1,030.0 1,691.1 1,100.4
Nature of Export Procedures Duration (days) US$ Cost
Documents preparation 5 160
Customs clearance and inspections 1 50
Ports and terminal handling 1 65
Inland transportation and handling 3 390
Totals 10 665
Nature of Import Procedures Duration (days) US$ Cost
Documents preparation 6 150
Customs clearance and inspections 1 225
Ports and terminal handling 1 265
Inland transportation and handling 1 390
Totals 9 1,030
Export documents
Bill of Lading
Commercial Invoice
Customs Export Declaration
Import documents
Bill of lading
Commercial Invoice
Customs Import Declaration


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