Paying Taxes in

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Below is a detailed summary of the taxes and mandatory contributions that a medium-size company must pay or withhold in a given year, as well as administrative burden in paying taxes and complying with postfiling procedures.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 190 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed on June 1, 2016 covering for the Paying Taxes indicator calendar year 2015 (January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015).

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Tax or mandatory contribution Payments (number) Notes on Payments Time (hours) Statutory tax rate Tax base Total tax rate (% of profit) Notes on TTR
Social security contributions 1 online 81 10.5% gross salaries 11.84
Corporate income tax 12 68 10% taxable profits 7.24
Forestry tax 5 0.07% turnover 1.24
Contribution for professional rehabilitation and employment of disabled persons 0 jointly 25% for every disabled person that must have been employed average net salary in FBiH 0.92
Local property tax 1 4 BAM per square meter 0.46
Contribution for protection against natural and other disasters 0 jointly 0.5% net salaries 0.39
Water protection 0 jointly 0.5% net salaries 0.39
Tourist community fee 1 0.05% / 0% revenue 0.07
Signage fee 1 200 BAM 0.02
Fuel tax 1 included into fuel price 0.00 small amount
VAT 12 262 17% value added 0.00 not included
Employee paid - Social security contributions 0 jointly 31% gross salaries 0.00 withheld
Totals: 34 411 22.6
  • Answer
    Profit tax (% of profit) 7.2
    Labor tax and contributions (% of profit) 13.5
    Other taxes (% of profit) 2.6
    Answer Score
    Postfiling index (0-100) 47.9
    VAT refunds 20.0
    Does VAT/GST exist? Yes
    Frequency of VAT/GST refund submission monthly
    Does a VAT/GST refund process exist per the case study? Yes
    Restrictions on VAT refund process None
    Likelihood of VAT audit Highly Likely
    Time to comply with VAT refund (hours) 40.0 20.0
    Time to obtain a VAT refund (weeks) 18.0 71.4
    Corporate income tax audits 46.8
    Does corporate income tax exist? Yes
    Likelihood of corporate income tax audit Likely
    Time to comply with a corporate income tax audit (hours) 30.5 46.8
    Time to complete a corporate income tax audit (weeks) 14.9 53.6
    Administrative appeal process
    First level administrative appeal authority Federal Tax Authority
    Is the appeal authority independent? Same auditor
    Are appeal guidelines accessible to the public? Yes
    Source of appeal guidelines in printed publication/in person at tax office
    Is there a legal time limit for the appeal authority to issue a decision on the tax appeal? No
    Legal time limit


Name of taxes have been standardized. For instance income tax, profit tax, tax on company's income are all named corporate income tax in this table.

The hours for VAT include all the VAT and sales taxes applicable.

The hours for Social Security include all the hours for labor taxes and mandatory contributions in general.

The postfiling index is the average of the scores on time to comply with VAT refund, time to obtain a VAT refund, time to comply with a corporate income tax audit and time to complete a corporate income tax audit.

N/A = Not applicable.