Cabo Verde

Individual - Taxes on personal income

Last reviewed - 08 July 2020

Cabo Verdean tax resident individuals are subject to PIT on a worldwide basis (i.e. resident individuals are subject to tax on all income, regardless of whether it is earned within the Cabo Verdean territory or overseas). While taxpayers have the option to include Category A income in their annual tax return, it is mandatory to declare income from Category B (with organised accounting) and Category C. See the Income determination section for further information.

Non-resident individuals are subject to PIT only on Cabo Verdean-source income at flat tax rates that are the same as those applicable for resident taxpayers.

Tax methods

Individuals can be taxed under two different tax methods: declarative (self-assessment method) and final withholding method.

Declarative method

Under the declarative method, individuals are taxed according to their annual income statement. This method is mandatorily applicable to (i) taxpayers taxed under Category B (business and professional income) with standard organised accounting, and (ii) taxpayers taxed under Category C (rental income).

This method is also applicable to dependent workers (Category A) who opt to file the tax return, on the income obtained abroad by resident taxpayers, and on the income obtained in Cabo Verde by non-resident taxpayers that could not be taxed at flat rates.

The total income will be subject to taxation at rates ranging between 16.5% and 27.5%.

Final withholding method

The final withholding method is applied to collect taxes when taxpayers are not obligated to submit their annual income statement in the following cases: Categories A, D, E, and under the Special Regime for Small and Micro Sized Companies (SRSMC).

Such income is taxable according to the WHT applicable for each category (see the Income determination section).

Personal income tax rates

The tax rates applicable in the case of the declarative method and on unjustified net wealth increases are the following:

Taxable income (CVE*) Tax rate (%)
Over Not over
 0 960,000 16.5
960,000 1,800,000 23.1
1,800,000 27.5

* Cabo Verdean escudos

An exemption from taxation applies to net income of up to CVE 220,000 annually.