Jamaica

Corporate - Significant developments

Last reviewed - 03 June 2021

National Insurance Scheme (NIS)

With effect from 1 April 2021, the income threshold on which NIS contributions are calculated has been increased from 1.5 million to 3 million Jamaican dollars (JMD) per annum.

NIS is payable by employees and employers at the rate of 3% each on emoluments not exceeding the maximum income threshold. Self-employed individuals are liable to pay NIS contributions at the rate of 6% of chargeable income not exceeding the income threshold.

It is proposed to further increase the income threshold to JMD 5 million per annum from 1 April 2022.

Implementation of Common Reporting Standard (CRS)

As part of Jamaica's participation in the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, the Island incorporated the CRS within local law in December 2020. The CRS requires jurisdictions to obtain information from their financial institutions and automatically exchange that information with other jurisdictions on an annual basis. The CRS sets out the financial account information to be exchanged, the financial institutions required to report, the different types of accounts and taxpayers covered, as well as due diligence procedures to be followed by these financial institutions.

Customs Administration Fees

Historically a Customs Administration Fee (CAF) of JMD 3,000 was imposed on each Export Declaration filed with the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA).  This has created a significant cost for exporters, particularly manufacturers of crafts and other artisan products who export in low volumes on a retail basis via online sales.  With effect from 1 April 2021 the CAF was abolished on export declarations with an export value less than USD 500.  Export Declarations for exports valued at more than USD 500 continue to attract the CAF.