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May 24, 2021
2021-5589

Argentine Chamber of Deputies approves bill that would raise corporate income tax rates

The new bill approved by the Chamber of Deputies would increase tax rates by replacing the current fixed tax rate with a progressive tax scale. It also would extend the 7% withholding tax rate currently in force to dividends from profits accrued in tax years beginning 1 January 2021 and thereafter.

On 19 May 2021, the Argentine Chamber of Deputies approved a bill that would increase corporate income tax rates for tax years beginning 1 January 2021 and onwards. The bill has been sent to the Chamber of Senators for final approval.

Characteristics of the bill

The bill would replace the 25% fixed tax rate currently in effect with a progressive tax scale that would apply as follows for tax years beginning 1 January 2021:

  • For accumulated net taxable income up to ARS5,000,000 (approx. US$53,600): 25% tax rate on net taxable income

  • For accumulated net taxable income from ARS5,000,001 to ARS50,000,000 (approx. US$536,000): ARS1,250,000 (US$13,400) plus a 30% tax rate on accumulated net taxable income exceeding ARS5,000,000

  • For accumulated net taxable income exceeding ARS50,000,000: ARS14,750,000 (approx. US$158,000) plus a 35% tax rate on accumulated net taxable income exceeding ARS50,000,000

The new tax rates also would apply to permanent establishments in Argentina as defined by the income tax law.

The bill also would allow the ranges of net taxable income to be adjusted annually beginning 1 January 2022, considering the annual variation as of October of the previous year of the consumer price index (IPC for the Spanish acronym) provided by National Statistics and Census Institute (INDEC), an agency of the Ministry of Economy.

In addition, the bill would permanently extend the 7% withholding tax rate currently in force to dividend distributions from profits accrued in tax years beginning 1 January 2021 and onwards.

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Ernst & Young LLP (United States), Latin American Business Center, New York

Ernst & Young Abogados, Latin American Business Center, Madrid

Ernst & Young LLP (United Kingdom), Latin American Business Center, London

Ernst & Young Tax Co., Latin American Business Center, Japan & Asia Pacific

 
 

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