Puerto Rico

Individual - Significant developments

Last reviewed - 30 June 2020

Act 257

Act No. 257, signed by the Governor of Puerto Rico on 10 December 2018, amends the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code of 2011, as amended (the 'Code'). This law will apply for the years beginning after 31 December 2018 unless noted. All changes provided by this Act were incorporated in each section of this summary in detail.

Acts 22 and 138 - The Individual Investors Act

Acts 22 and 138, also known as The Individual Investors Act, were approved by the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico during 2012. The purpose of these measures is to provide incentives to individuals who have not been residents of Puerto Rico to become residents. In order to encourage the transfer of such individuals to Puerto Rico, the Acts exempt from Puerto Rico income tax their passive income, which may consist of interest, dividends, and capital gains. See the Other tax credits and incentives section for more information.

Act 135

Act 135, signed by the Governor of Puerto Rico on 7 August 2014, provides incentives to taxpayers between the ages of 16 and 26. The first 40,000 United States dollars (USD) earned by employees between those ages will be exempt from income tax withholding and taxation. This law will apply for the years beginning after 31 December 2013 up to 31 December 2019.