Mozambique

Corporate - Tax credits and incentives

Last reviewed - 30 July 2020

Foreign tax credit

Resident companies are allowed to deduct a credit correspondent to a tax paid abroad. The tax credit to be deducted should be equal to the lower of the amount of Mozambican corporate tax imputed to income obtained abroad or the amount of foreign tax effectively paid.

Inbound investment incentives

In addition to the guarantees of ownership and remittance of funds abroad, the Mozambican government also guarantees the concession of tax and customs incentives. The incentives vary depending on whether a company is starting a new venture or rehabilitating one and also on the nature of the project to be developed. The incentives discussed in this section are the generic benefits applicable to standard projects. Certain specific benefits also may be applicable depending on the activities of the industry for the investment project (e.g. agriculture, tourism, science and technology).

Exemption from import duties

An exemption from customs duties and VAT applies upon the importation of capital equipment listed in Section K of the Customs Tariff Schedule.

Tax credit for investment

Investments in new fixed tangible assets used in the operations of an enterprise within the Mozambican territory may benefit from an investment tax credit equal to 5% to 10% of the total investment realised, for a period of five years. This investment tax credit is offset against CIT, up to the total amount of the tax assessment. This incentive does not apply when the investment in tangible fixed assets is with respect to the construction, acquisition, restoration, or extension of buildings, passenger vehicles, furnishings, and articles of comfort and decoration, leisure equipment, advanced technology, or other assets not directly associated with the production activity carried out by the enterprise. When the project is located outside Maputo City, this tax credit is increased to up to 10%.

Advanced technology incentive

The amount invested in specialised equipment classified as advanced technology during the first five years from the date of commencement of activity may be deducted from taxable income for purposes of calculating CIT, up to a maximum of 10% of taxable income.

Professional training incentive

Investment expenditures for professional training of Mozambican workers shall, up to a maximum amount of 5% of the taxable income (10% in case of professional training related to new/high technology equipment), be deductible from taxable income for the purposes of calculating CIT during the first five years from the date of the commencement of such activities.

Exploration incentives

During a period of five years counting from the date of exploration (i.e. the date the implementing company starts the activities approved under the investment project terms of authorisation), the following expenditures may be treated as deductible expenditures for purposes of calculating CIT:

  • In the case of undertakings carried out in the City of Maputo, 110% of the value of expenditures for the construction and rehabilitation of roads, railways, airports, telecommunications, water supply, electric energy, and other works of public utility is deductible for tax purposes.
  • In the case of undertakings carried out in the rest of the provinces, an amount equal to 120% of the expenditures referred to in the paragraph above is deductible for tax purposes.
  • In the case of expenditures for the acquisition for personal ownership of works of art and other objects that are representative of Mozambican culture, as well as activities that contribute to the development of such works, 50% of the expenditures are deductible for tax purposes.