Greenland

Corporate - Other taxes

Last reviewed - 02 June 2020

Value-added tax (VAT)

There is no VAT in Greenland.

Import duties

There are no general import duties on operating equipment in Greenland. However, if present in Greenland for more than an eight-month period, operating equipment has to be declared to the Greenlandic tax authorities for statistical purposes. There are import duties on some assets, such as cars, etc.

There are also import duties on alcohol, cigarettes, food products, etc. The fares vary depending on the exact goods in question.

Excise duties

There are Greenlandic excise duties on fishing of some fish species, alcohol produced in Greenland, lottery and gambling activities, motor vehicles, and various other excise taxes. The duties depend on the exact circumstances.

Property taxes

There are no property taxes in Greenland.

Stamp taxes

Stamp tax is payable on a few documents, such as a deed of transfer of real estate and ships (1.5% of the transfer sum), including on transfer of shares in companies that own ships.

Capital gains taxes

There are capital gains taxes on receivables, equity instruments, real estate, financial contracts (derivatives), and depreciable assets, including oil, gas, and mineral licences. The tax rate is identical to the general corporate tax rate, effectively 31.8% (30% for oil, gas, and mineral licence holders).

Losses on financial instruments may only be deducted from gains on financial assets.

Payroll taxes

Other than social security contributions (see below), no additional payroll taxes are applicable in Greenland.

Social security contributions

Employers are obligated to pay 0.9% of all paid wages and salaries as social security contributions.

All Danish, Greenlandic, and Faroese employers are subject to Danish social security payments (ATP). This applies to both foreign and Danish employees. However, foreign employees are exempt unless they are working in Greenland for more than six months.

Foreign employers are exempt from ATP unless they employ Danish employees who are not residents in Greenland.