Social security contributions
There are no social security taxes or contributions in Botswana.
Capital gains taxes
Capital gains for individuals are considered to be from a separate source and are taxed on the basis of the table below.
Capital gains on the disposal of immovable property and marketable securities (including shares in private companies) are taxable in Botswana if the source is in Botswana. For capital gains purposes, the cost of immovable property is adjusted to take account of inflation. For other gains, no inflation allowances are granted, but the taxable gain is set at 75% of the total gain.
|Taxable income (BWP)||Tax on column 1 (BWP)||Tax on excess (%)|
Value-added tax (VAT)
VAT is imposed on taxable supplies and the importation of goods into Botswana. The standard VAT rate of 12% applies to all supplies that do not qualify for an exemption or are not zero-rated for six months from 3 August 2022. The VAT rate was initially changed from 12% to 14% on 1 April 2021; however, in an effort to reduce the impact of increasing inflation on the Botswana economy, the Botswana government introduced a temporary measure to alleviate the pressure by reducing the rate from 14% to 12% for this period.
There are no property taxes in Botswana.
Capital transfer tax (CTT)
CTT is levied on the transfer (by way of inheritance or gratuitous disposal) of tangible or intangible, movable or immovable, property at 12.5%, subject to certain exemptions. The donee, or person to whom property is transferred by way of inheritance, is liable for CTT.
Transfer duties on immovable property
Transfer duty is levied at 5% for citizens and 30% for non-citizens of the value of immovable freehold and leasehold property. The first BWP 1 million of such value is exempt from transfer duty in case of transfer to a Botswana citizen.