Colombia

Individual - Taxes on personal income

Last reviewed - 05 February 2020

The concept of fiscal residency defines the nature of the source that the individual has to declare as follows:

  • Fiscal residents (nationals or foreign) are taxed on worldwide income and should report equity owned in Colombia and abroad.
  • Non-residents (nationals or foreign) are taxed only on Colombian-sourced income and should report only the equity owned in Colombia.

Personal income tax rates

General income basket

The following are the types of income included in the general income basket:

  • Employment income: Income received for services performed in Colombia, no matter where the payment was received, salaries, wages, fringe benefits, commissions, and all income arising from the labour relationship.
  • Capital income: Includes interest, financial income, royalties, rentals, and intellectual property (IP) income.
  • Non-employment income: All type of income that cannot be classified in other baskets.

The rates for fiscal residents (nationals or foreign) applicable to the general income basket and pension income basket (see below) are:

Taxable income (TVU *) Marginal rate (%) Tax liability
Over Not over
0 1,090 0 0
1,090 1,700 19 (Taxable income or taxable occasional gain translated into TVU less TVU 1,090) x 19%
1,700 4,100 28 (Taxable income or taxable occasional gain translated into TVU less TVU 1,700) x 28% + TVU 116
4,100 8,670 33 (Taxable income or taxable occasional gain translated into TVU less TVU 4,100) x 33% + TVU 788
8,670 18,970 35 (Taxable income translated into TVU less TVU 8,670) x 35% + TVU 2,296
18,970 31,000 37 (Taxable income translated into TVU less TVU 18,970) x 37% + TVU 5,901
31,000 And up 39 (Taxable income translated into TVU less TVU 31,000) x 39% + TVU 10,352

* In December 2006, the Colombian government approved a reform of the Colombian tax system. Such reform incorporated the tax unit (Unidad de Valor Tributario or TVU) to measure the different limits and thresholds originally set in absolute numbers, adjusted every year by decree. The value of each tax unit is equivalent to COP 35,607 for fiscal year (FY) 2020.

Pension income basket 

Includes retirement and disabilities pensions or income received from labour risks, compensations that substitute pensions or refunds (for rates, see table in General income basket above). 

Dividends income basket

Dividends subject to tax at the corporate level will be subject to the following rates on the individual's tax return:

Taxable income (TVU) Marginal rate (%) Tax liability
Over Not over
0 300 0 0
300 And up 10 (Taxable income translated into TVU less TVU 300) x 10%

Dividends that were not subject to tax at the corporate level will be taxed at a 32% flat rate, and the net income resulting from subtracting such tax from the gross income will be subject to an additional tax according to the previous table.

Local income taxes

There are no local taxes on individual income in Colombia.