Paying Taxes in

Trinidad and Tobago

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 12 75 various rates gross salaries 8.46
Corporate income tax 4 45 25% taxable profit 21.92
Environmental tax 4 0.1% turnover and interest 1.77
Stamp duty 1 varies 0.00 small amount
Social Security Contributions on employees 0 jointly various rates gross salaries 0.00
Health insurance contributions 12 TTD 8.25 per employee per week 0.00 withheld
Value added tax (VAT) 6 90 15% value added 0.00 not included
Totals: 39.0 210.0 32.2
Taxes by type Answer
Profit tax (% of profit) 21.9
Labor tax and contributions (% of profit) 8.5
Other taxes (% of profit) 1.8
Answer Score
Postfiling index (0-100) 22.7
VAT refunds
Does VAT/GST exist? Yes
Frequency of VAT/GST refund submission bimonthly
Does a VAT/GST refund process exist per the case study? Yes
Restrictions on VAT refund process None
Likelihood of VAT audit Likely
Time to comply with VAT refund (hours) 70.0 0.0
Time to obtain a VAT refund (weeks) 29.3 49.5
Corporate income tax audits
Does corporate income tax exist? Yes
Likelihood of corporate income tax audit Likely
Time to comply with a corporate income tax audit (hours) 55.0 1.8
Time to complete a corporate income tax audit (weeks) 19.4 39.3
Administrative appeal process
First level administrative appeal authority Objection Section of the Board of Inland Revenue
Is the appeal authority independent? Independent department within tax office
Are appeal guidelines accessible to the public? Yes
Source of appeal guidelines Online/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? Yes
Legal time limit 720 days


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.