The requirements to be a legal representative of a company in Chile for the purposes of tax administration are as follows:
Persons domiciled or resident in Chile are liable to taxation on income from any source,
whether in the country or overseas. Persons not domiciled or resident in Chile must pay Chilean tax on income with its source in the country.
Income tax system
Income tax, established under Decree Law 824 of 1974, is a direct tax on the income of persons who, as a general rule, pay it annually through a tax return filed in April of each year. Income tax is levied on different types of income through different taxes: First Category Tax; Second Category Tax; Global Complementary Tax; and Withholding
Tax (also referred to as Additional Tax).
- First Category Tax
This is levied on income from capital and that of commercial, industrial, mining and other
companies. It is calculated on the base of the income accrued or received less expenditures. The rate of First Category Tax depends on the tax regime that the payer opts to use among two options: the Totally Integrated System (also known as the
Attributed Income System) and the Partially Integrated System.
- Second Category Tax
Second Category Tax is a progressive tax levied on income obtained as an employee such as wages, pensions (except those with an overseas source) and ancillary or complementary income. It is charged according to income brackets at rates from 0% to a top marginal rate of 35%.
- Global Complementary Tax
Global Complementary Tax is a final tax paid by natural persons domiciled or resident
in Chile, regardless of whether they are citizens of Chile or another country. It is levied
annually on the base of taxable income calculated in accordance with the norms for
First and Second Category Tax. It is charged according to a progressive scale of rates by
income bracket, starting at 0% and reaching a top marginal rate of 35%.
- Withholding Tax
Withholding Tax (or Additional Tax) is levied on income with a Chilean source obtained
by natural persons or legal entities not domiciled or resident in Chile. Depending
on the type of income, it may be retained or subject to the filing of an annual return.
The general rate of Withholding Tax is 35%.
For more detailed information:
Servicio de Impuestos Internos (SII) Internal Revenue Service, Chile's IRS: Website
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