Taxation in Iceland

Taxes in Iceland are levied by the state and the municipalities.[1] Property rights are strong and Iceland is one of the few countries where they are applied to fishery management. Taxpayers pay various subsidies to each other, similar to European countries that are welfare states, but the spending is less than in most European countries. Despite low tax rates, overall taxation and consumption is still much higher than in countries such as Ireland. Employment regulations are relatively flexible.

Income tax

Income tax is deducted at the source, which is called pay-as-you-earn (PAYE). Each employee has a personal tax credit of 50,902 ISK per month (2015); unused credit may be transferred to one's spouse. Up to 8% of gross income may be deducted for private pension insurance.[2][3]

Monthly consideration Rate (2015)
First 309,140 ISK 37.30%
Next 527,264 ISK 39.74%
Above 836,404 ISK 46.24%

The rate includes 14.48% collected by municipal authorities.

Tax on capital gains

Individuals pay 20% capital gains tax.

Corporate tax

The corporate tax rate is 20%,[1] one of the lowest in the world.[4]

Value-added tax

The standard rate of value-added tax is 24%, with a reduced rate of 11% for certain products.


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