Angola: New Tax Benefits Code


As per Law No. 8/22, of April 14, 2022, the new Tax Benefits Code has been enacted. It seeks to bring together in a single act every tax benefit existing in Angola and their rules and conditions.


Repeal of tax benefit rules 


Certain acts granting tax benefits are partially repealed upon the entry into force of this Act, including: the Private Investment Act; the Micro. Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Act; the Patronage Act; The Political Parties Funding Act; the Angolan Private Entrepreneurship Act; the Investment Income Tax Code, to name a few. Particularly the rules on economic double taxation on dividends foreseen in the Investment Income Tax Code were repealed. 


The general provisions of the Act establish the rules on the grant and acknowledgment of Tax Benefits, supervision, obligations regarding tax returns, and the transfer, cancellation, duration, and cumulation of Tax Benefits. 




Tax Benefits are measures of an exceptional nature entailing an advantage or a simple tax relief relative to the standard taxation scheme. Tax Benefits are measures of an exceptional nature entailing an advantage or a simple tax relief relative to the standard taxation scheme. 


According to the Act, Tax benefits can only be granted on a transitional and exceptional basis by way of tax exemptions, rate reductions, deductions from the taxable income, tax deductions, accelerated depreciation and other tax measures with economic, social, cultural, and environmental purposes.

Duration and cumulation of Tax Benefits 


As a rule, any Tax Benefits granted have a maximum 10 -year duration, except under the Private Investment Contractual scheme, where Tax Benefits can be granted for a 15-year period. 


Tax Benefits of the same nature can be cumulated regarding the same taxable event and the same tax. 


The special provisions of the Act establish several Tax Benefits for the social, environmental, financial sector, private investment, free zones, capitalization and corporate restructuring, micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises ("MSME"), patrons, among others. 


Tax Benefits in connection with the creation of jobs, internships and professional training 


It is worth noting that under the Tax Benefits granted to companies (Article 17), taxable persons will be able to start deducting between 3 and 7 minimum civil service wages per job position for industrial tax and personal income tax purposes. 


Tax Benefits in connection with Private Investment 


We would also like to highlight the new scheme applicable to Tax Benefits in connection with private investment project s (following recent amendments to the Private Investment Act ), which subdivides Tax Benefits in accordance with the three (3) different schemes available under the Private Investment Act: (i) prior declaration scheme; (ii) special scheme, and (iii) contractual scheme. The benefits are granted by way of reductions to the property, industrial, investment income t axes and stamp duty, among others 


Tax Benefits in connection with micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises 


MSME are also entitled to a reduction of the industrial tax rate for a renewable period of two (2) years. The rate reduction varies in accordance with the zones where the small and medium sized enterprises are located, unlike micro enterprises, which enjoy a 2% flat rate on gross sales. 


Free Zones 


Taand  customincentives are availablfor companies  operatinin  Angola's  Free  Zones. 

Other Benefits 


  • Incomfrom  instrumentnegotiated on  a regulated market. 


  • Environment-related tax benefits (use  of  electric cars, generation  and use  of renewables).

  • Benefits for the Financial System and Capital Markets (special schemes for pension funds, savings funds, deposits, Collective Investment Undertakings).


  • Benefitfor  the capitalization of  companies and corporate re structurinoperations. 


  • Tax Scheme applicablto Patronage.

  • The Act establishes other Tax Benefits, including benefits for public use associations, benefits for cooperatives, and customs benefits for political parties.





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