OverviewLast reviewed - 14 February 2023
Barbados, the eastern-most Caribbean island, gained full independence in 1966 and maintained ties to the British monarchy, represented in Barbados by the Governor General. On 30 November 2021, Barbados transitioned from a parliamentary constitutional monarchy to a parliamentary republic with a ceremonial indirectly elected president as head of state. The prime minister remains head of government. The island's capital city is Bridgetown, and the official language is English. The currency of Barbados is the Barbados dollar (BBD), which is pegged to the United States dollar (USD) at USD 1 = BBD 2.
Barbados has a largely free-enterprise, small open economy that was, until the 1970s, based primarily on sugar agriculture. Barbados now has four key productive industries: tourism, international financial services, agriculture, and manufacturing. Construction and real estate services have also increased significantly. The priority in economic growth is the generation of steady growth through foreign exchange earnings and employment generation, with special emphasis on tourism and international financial services.
PwC’s tax advisors in Barbados use their knowledge of taxation policies and legislation on behalf of our local, regional, and international clients, whether they are individuals, public companies, or private companies, including those licensed as international business companies. As part of PwC's worldwide network of tax experts, our advisors are also able to offer a truly international service, ensuring compliance on the part of local companies seeking to do business internationally and foreign investors wishing to establish operations in Barbados. The professionals in Barbados’ Tax Services division provide a wide array of services, including compliance (corporate and personal), tax accounting, tax planning, tax advocacy, tax registrations, exchange control applications, immigration services, and severance.
Quick rates and dates
|Corporate income tax (CIT) rates|
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5.5% to 1%
|Corporate income tax (CIT) due dates|
|CIT return due date||
For companies with fiscal year ending between 1 January and 30 September: 15 March;
For companies with fiscal year ending between 1 October and 31 December: 15 June.
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Companies with fiscal year ending between 1 January and 30 September are required to make one instalment on or before 15 September;
Companies with fiscal year ending between 1 October and 31 December are required to make two instalments on or before 15 December and 15 March.
|Personal income tax (PIT) rates|
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|Personal income tax (PIT) due dates|
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PAYE for salaries.
Three instalments of 25% on 15 June, 15 September, and 15 December for income from business or rent.
|Value-added tax (VAT) rates|
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|Withholding tax (WHT) rates|
|WHT rates (%) (Dividends/Interest/Royalties)||
Resident individual: 15 or NA if paid out of foreign source income / 15 / NA
Resident company: NA / 15 / NA
Non-resident individual or company: 5 or NA if paid out of foreign source income / NA / NA
|Capital gains tax (CGT) rates|
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|Inheritance and gift tax rates|
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