Resident entities are taxed on their worldwide income. Non-resident entities are subject to tax on Ecuadorian-source income only.
International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are in force for all entities. Local tax authorities have established that for corporate income tax (CIT) purposes, and corresponding pre-payments, companies are obligated to follow these accounting principles.
Taxes on corporate income are levied at the following rates:
|Type of income||CIT rate (%)|
|Distributed or undistributed profits of local corporations and branches||22 to 28|
|Reinvested profits of local corporations and branches*||12 to 18|
* Subject to restrictions.
Ecuadorian companies owned by residents or non-residents located in non-tax-haven jurisdictions are subject to a 22% to 28% CIT rate. The general CIT rate is 25%; however, a 28% rate should apply if non-resident shareholders are located in a tax haven jurisdiction and additionally there is an Ecuadorian individual shareholder in the ownership structure. Such increase is also applicable when the company's ownership structure is not duly disclosed before the Ecuadorian tax authorities.
See the Branch income section for a list of countries and territories considered as tax havens by the tax authorities.
Local income taxes
No local or provincial government taxes on income are imposed on companies.