Payment facilities and exceptional payment plan – IRS

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Regulations NAC-DGERCGC20-00000043 and NAC-DGERCGC20-00000044 issued on June 23, 2020 by the General Director of the Internal Revenue Service, the rules for applying the Second and Third Transitory Provisions of the Law for Humanitarian Support to Combat the Health Crisis arising from COVID-19 were established.

The Second Transitory Provision of said law and Regulation NAC-DGERCGC20-00000043 establish that those taxpayers that applied the tax amnesty provided in the Law for the Promotion of Production, and that from January 2020 to June 22, 2020 have not paid 2 or more installments of their payment facility plan, may cover the amount owed until September 30, 2020 without surcharges, interest or fines.

Furthermore, the Third Transitory Provision of said law and Regulation NAC-DGERCGC20-00000044 establish that those taxpayers that applied the exceptional payment plan provided for in the Law on Tax Simplification and Progressivity, and that as of June 22, 2020 have not paid any of their installments, may cover the amount owed in 12 equal monthly installments, which must be paid on the 28th of each month, beginning July 28, 2020, without surcharges, interest or fines.

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Resumption of terms – IRS

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The Internal Revenue Service, through Regulation NAC-DGERCGC20-00000022, suspended the terms and deadlines in all administrative processes and the statute of limitations for collecting debts from March 16 to March 31, 2020. The suspension was extended until June 15, 2020 by regulation NAC-DGERCGC20-00000038.

By Regulation NAC-DGERCGC20-00000042, issued by the Director General of the Internal Revenue Service on June 16, 2020, the terms and deadlines in all administrative processes and the statute of limitations for collecting debts have been resumed, with the following exceptions:

  1. The terms and deadlines of administrative processes and the statute of limitations for collecting debts that are being attended in administrative units of the Internal Revenue Service located that are located in cities classified under “red light” remain suspended. These terms and deadlines will resume once the Emergency Operations Committee classifies the cities under “yellow or green lights”.
  2. In Quito Metropolitan District, the terms and deadlines of administrative processes and the statute of limitations for collecting debts will resume once the government institutions resume their work on-site. When this bulletin was issued, the day on which the on-site work is expected to resume is June 22, 2020.

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Income tax – Withholding percentages

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Regulation NAC-DGERCGC20-00000030 issued by the Internal Revenue Service on April 22, 2020, amended Regulation NAC-DGERCGC14-00787 which establishes the income tax withholding percentages.

The following income tax withholding percentages have been modified:

Concept

Previous withholding percentage

Current withholding percentage

Real estate construction activities and similar activities. 1% 1,75%
Insurance and reinsurance services provided by companies legally incorporated in the country and by branchesof foreign entities domiciled in Ecuador. The withholding must be applied over 10% of the invoiced or scheduled premiums. 1% 1,75%
Commercial lease provided by companies legally established in Ecuador. The withholding must be applied over the lease payments and the purchase option. 1% 1,75%
Services provided by media and advertising agencies. 1% 1,75%

 


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Contribution for financing the comprehensive treatment of cancer

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Regulation NAC-DGERCGC20-000000019 issued by the Internal Revenue Service and published on April 3, 2020 in Official Registry 479, established the rules for applying the contribution for financing the comprehensive treatment of cancer.

General provision fourteen of section I of the Monetary and Financial Code establishes that individuals or entities that receive credits from the private financial sector will pay a contribution equal to 0.5% of the amount of the credit.

The contribution tariff may be reduced to 0.01% by executive decree in cases duly justified by economic or social reasons.

The regulation establishes the following parameters for the applying the contribution:

1. Withholding agents

The withholding agents of the contribution are:

  • Credit cooperatives under the control of the Superintendency of Popular and Solidarity Economy; and,
  • Entities of the private financial sector under the control of the Superintendency of Banks.

These entities shall withhold the total amount of the contribution from individuals and entities who have been granted credits, portfolio purchase, discounts on bills of exchange, repo operations, renewal of loans, including deferred payments on credit cards and overdrafts.

2. Declaration and payment

Withholding agents must file the contribution return on a daily basis, using the “Form for Declaring the Contribution for Financing the Comprehensive Treatment of Cancer”. This return may be filed up to 48 hours after the date on which the withholding is made.

In the case of overdrafts, the contribution shall be calculated and paid by the withholding agent, once the operation is settled.

In the event that the declaration and/or payment of the contribution is not made within the 48 hours, the withholding will be subject to pay fines and interest.

In the case of credits granted from January 1 until April 3, 2020 by credit cooperatives controlled by the Superintendency of Popular and Solidarity Economy, they may declare and pay the value of the withholding through the form described above within 45 working days since April 3, 2020.

 

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State of emergency – tax measures (April 1st)

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Regulation NAC-DGERCGC20-000000025 issued by the Internal Revenue Service on April 1, 2020 regulates the application of Executive Decree 1021 by which regulated certain tax issues with regard to the state of emergency.

1. New deadline for filing the income tax return

Taxpayers, except non-profit and government entities, may file the corporate income tax return for the fiscal year 2019, without generating fines or interest, until the dates described in the following chart:

Tax ID 9th digit

Due date

1 and 2 April 15, 2020
3 and 4 April 17, 2020
5 and 6 April 21, 2020
7 April 23, 2020
8 and 9 April 29, 2020
0 April 30, 2020

Non-profit and government entities may file the corporate income tax return for the fiscal year 2019, without generating fines or interest, until the dates described in the following chart:

Tax ID 9th digit

Due date

1 and 2 May 4, 2020
3 and 4 May 5, 2020
5 and 6 May 6, 2020
7 and 8 May 7, 2020
9 and 0 May 8, 2020

2. Taxpayers that are able to defer the payment of taxes:

The following taxpayers are able to defer the payment of corporate income tax of the fiscal year 2019 and, value added tax (VAT) to be declared in April, May and June 2020:

  • Micro-enterprises understood as those that obtained gross revenues of up to US$300,000.00 during fiscal year 2019.
  • Taxpayers that, before March 27, 2020, have registered the province of Galapagos in their Tax ID (RUC).
  • Taxpayers that are regular exporters of goods, or that 50% of their income derives from the export of goods; or,
  • Taxpayers that, before March 27, 2020, have registered one of the following as their main economic activity in their Tax ID:
    • The operation of airlines,
    • The provision of accommodation and/or food services; or,
    • Activities of the agricultural sector.

 

3. Deadlines for paying the corporate income tax:

Taxpayers described in paragraph 2 are able to pay the corporate income tax of the fiscal year 2019 in a single installment, according to the general rules of the Income Tax Regime Law and its regulations, or in six installments, in accordance with the following percentages:

Month for filing
the tax return 
Payment
installments 

Payment
percentage

April, 2020 April, 2020 10%
April, 2020 May, 2020 10%
April, 2020 June, 2020 20%
April, 2020 July, 2020 20%
April, 2020 August, 2020 20%
April, 2020 September, 2020 20%

The first installment shall be paid on the date the return is due in accordance with the schedule set forth in paragraph 1. The remaining 5 installments shall be made through the Multiple Payment Form in accordance with the following schedule:

Tax ID 9th digit:

Due date:

1 10th of each month
2 12th of each month
3 14th of each month
4 16th of each month
5 18th of each month
6 20th of each month
7 22th of each month
8 24th of each month
9 26th of each month
0 28th of each month

If the taxpayer doesn’t pay the tax within the deadlines described before, it would be subject to pay the applicable interests and fines.

 

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State of emergency – tax measures

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By Executive Decree 1021 issued on March 27, 2020, the President of Ecuador, adopted the following tax measures within the state of emergency:

1. Income tax withholding:

The following entities will be required to withhold and pay on a monthly basis income tax over their total taxable income obtained in each month:

Entity activity 

Monthly income tax withholding rate (%)

Financial institutions under the supervision of the Superintendency of Banks and entities that provide mobile telephone services. 1,75%
Entities that have entered into contracts with the Goverment for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons under any modality or, contracts for specific works and services under the Hydrocarbons Law or, complementary petroleum services as well as transportation of crude oil. 1,5%

The withholding tax receipt must be issued in the name of the withholding agent and the value withheld will be consider as tax credit for paying the withholding agent’s income tax.

2. Tax payment deadlines:

For this time only, the taxpayers who at this date are considered as:

  • Micro-enterprises;
  • Those domiciled in Galapagos Islands;
  • Those who are regular exporters of goods, or that 50% of their income derived from the export of goods; or,
  • Those whose economic activity is:
    1. The operation of airlines,
    2. The tourism sector, exclusively those that provide accommodation and/or food services; or,
    3. The agricultural sector.

Will be able to pay the corporate income tax for the fiscal year 2019 and the value added tax (VAT) to be paid in April, May and June 2020 as follows:

  1. Payments will be made in 6 installments during the year 2020 in the following percentages: in each of the first two months, the taxpayers are required to pay 10% of the total value; and, in each of the remaining four months, taxpayers are required to pay 20% of the total value.
  2. These payments will be made according to the ninth digit of Tax ID as follows:
Ninth Digit of Tax ID 

Payment Date

1 10th of each month
2 12th of each month
3 14th of each month
4 16th of each month
5 18th of each month
6 20th of each month
7 22nd of each month
8 24th of each month
9 26th of each month
0 28th of each month

Taxpayers domiciled in the province of Galapagos are able to make the payment until the 28th of each month..

If a payment deadline overlaps with a mandatory rest day or holiday, the deadline shall be the next working day unless that day falls on the following month, in which case the payment deadline shall be anticipated to the last working day of the month.

If the taxpayer makes the payment after the deadlines have expired, he must pay the respective interest and fines in addition to the tax

  1. The payment of 2019 corporate income tax for the entities described above, will be made from April to September 2020 in the percentages and terms indicated in numbers 1 and 2 of this document.
  2. The payment of VAT for the months of April, May and June 2020 will be made in the percentages and terms described above, in the following months:
VAT to be paid in the month of

Months of Payment:

April 2020 From April to September, 2020
May 2020 From May to October, 2020
June 2020 From June to November, 2020
  1. Taxpayers subject to the Micro-enterprise Taxation Regime shall file their VAT return on a semi-annual basis. These taxpayers will not be subject to the exception regime detailed above.

 

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Income tax withholding rates

Regulation NAC-DGERCGC20-00000020 issued by the Internal Revenue Service and published on March 20, 2020 in the Official Registry Special Edition 459 established new rules to the income tax withholding regime:

  1. The following income tax withholding rate was modified:
Concept 

Previous
rate

New
rate
Acquisition of all types of movable property of a tangible nature 1%  1,75%
Payments that do not have a specific withholding rate 2% 2,75%
  1. It was clarified that the acquisition of goods of agricultural, poultry, livestock, beekeeping, bio aquatic, forest and meat origin, which are maintained in their natural condition, will be subject to 1% withholding regardless of whether an invoice or settlement for the purchase of goods or provision of services is issued.
  2. Additionally, it is clarified that this withholding rate (1%) applies to income from local production and marketing of agricultural activities, even if the taxpayer generating the income is subject to a special income tax regimen.

The new withholding rates are applicable beginning April 1st.

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Withholding percentage – dividends

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Regulation NAC-DGERCGC20-00000011 issued by the Internal Revenue Service establishes the withholding percentages applicable to the dividends distributed by entities with tax residence or permanent establishments located in Ecuador to: (i) individuals with tax residence in Ecuador; or, (ii) foreign entities which beneficial owners are individuals with tax residence in Ecuador.

The withholding percentage will apply over 40% of the amount of the dividend, according to the following:

Taxable income from
(basic tax bracket) 

Taxable income until
(surplus tax bracket)

Withholding over the
basic tax bracket

Withholding percentage over
the surplus tax bracket

20.000,00 0 0%
20.000,01 40.000,00 0 5%
40.000,01 60.000,00 1.000,00 10%
60.000,01 80.000,00 3.000,00 15%
80.000,01 100.000,00 6.000,00 20%
100.000,01 Forward 10.000,00 25%

The withholding receipt must be issued with the name of the individual with tax residence in Ecuador even if the amount to withhold is zero.

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Tax Regime for Microenterprises

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Regulation NAC-DGERCGC20-00000011 issued by the Internal Revenue Service and published on February 21, 2020 in the Supplement to the Official Registry 148, establishes the rules for applying the Tax Regime for Microenterprises created by the Law of Simplification and Tax Progressivity.

Microenterprises are those individuals or entities whose annual income is equal to or less than US $ 300,000.00 and, that have 1 to 9 workers.

The Internal Revenue Service is able to include or exclude from the especial regime, taxpayers who meet the conditions to qualify as microenterprises. For this purpose, the Tax Authority is able to update the taxpayer tax ID without prior notice and, it must publish a microenterprises registry on its web page (https://www.sri.gob.ec/web/guest/catastros).

Taxpayers who consider that they should not have been included in the microenterprises tax regimen may request their exclusion until April 7, 2020.

Taxpayers included in the Tax Regime for Microenterprises must comply with the following:

  1. Issue invoices in accordance with current regulations.
  2. Request proof of sale to support the acquisition of goods or provision of services.
  3. Keep accounting books or a record of income and expenses as appropriate.
  4. File tax returns when appropriate. In the case of VAT and excise tax (ICE), the tax returns must be filed semiannually in the months of July and January of each year.
  5. Submit the annexes of information when appropriate, and
  6. Fulfill the other formal duties indicated in the Tax Code.

Taxpayers registered in the microenterprise’s registry must apply the regime from February 2020. Therefore, they will not act as withholding agents for income tax or value added tax since said month.

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Law for Simplification and Progressivity of the Tax Regime

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Below we will analyse the Law for Simplification and Progressivity of the Tax Regime published on December 31, 2019 in the Supplement of the Official Registry 111, amended the Internal Tax Regime Law.

Dividends:

Dividends distributed to individuals with tax residence in Ecuador and entities and individuals located abroad are subject to income tax. Only dividends distributed to entities with tax residence in Ecuador or permanent establishments located in Ecuador are exempted from income tax.

The taxable income is equal to 40% of the dividend effectively distributed. The concept of global dividend is eliminated (dividend distributed plus taxes paid by the company) and consequently the tax credit for taxes paid by the company.

Dividends distributed to individuals with tax residence in Ecuador are subject to up to 25% withholding. The Tax Authority will issue a regulation establishing the withholding percentage applicable, according to the amount of the dividend.

Dividends distributed to entities and individuals residing abroad will be subject to 25% withholding tax. However, if the Ecuadorian entity that distributes the dividends fails to report its corporate structure, the withholding percentage applicable to the dividend paid abroad will be 35%.

It is ratified that the capital increase with retained earnings (stock dividend) will not be taxed.

Interest Expense:

In the case of interest paid by banks, insurance companies and entities of the financial sector of the Popular and Solidarity Economy:

Interest that exceeds the interest rate established by the Monetary and Financial Policy and Regulation Board will not be deductible.

The total amount of the loans granted abroad -directly or indirectly- by related parties, may not be greater than 300% of the entity equity. Interest paid or accrued with respect to credits that exceed this percentage will not be deductible.

In the case of interest paid by entities or individuals, the total amount of the net interest paid on loans granted by related parties must not exceed 20% of the entity´s profit before labor participation, plus interest, depreciation and amortization corresponding to the respective fiscal year. Interest paid or accrued that exceed this percentage will not be deductible.

Creation a temporary tax to be paid:

  • How much should be paid? 

Entities that perform economic activities and whose taxable income in fiscal year 2018 are equal to or exceeded one million dollars.

  • How much should be paid?

The amount to be paid must be calculated according to the following chart:

Gross taxable income
from (US$) 

Gross taxable income up
to
 (US$)

Rate
1.000.000 5.000.000 0,10%
5.000.001 10.000.000 0,15%
10.000.001 Onwards 0,20%

The amount of the tax shall not exceed 25% of the income tax generated in the fiscal year 2018.

  • When should the tax be paid?
When should the tax be paid? The tax shall be paid annually during the fiscal years 2020, 2021 and 2022, until March 31st of each year. Failure to submit the tax form within the deadline will be sanctioned with a fine equal to US$1,500.00 for each month or fraction of a month. The fine will not exceed 100% of the contribution.

Important reforms

  • VAT on digital services:

Digital services are subject to 12% VAT. The taxable event occurs when: In the case of import of digital services, the taxable event occurs when the importer of the service -an entity or permanent establishment located in Ecuador- pays the service provider. In the case of delivery of goods, the taxable event occurs when the importer pays for the delivery services of such goods. The VAT will be applicable over the amount of such delivery services.

The VAT on digital services will be applicable starting July 2020.

Web domain services, hosting and cloud computing services are subject to 0% VAT.

  • Foreign Exchange Control Tax:

The exemptions of foreign exchange control tax were amended as follows:

  1. Investments from abroad made in the Ecuador stock market. These investments may be made in equity securities or in fixed income securities.
  2. Dividends: Dividends paid to entities or individuals residing in tax havens is exempted. This exemption is not applicable if the dividends are distributed to foreign entities which shareholder –directly or indirectly- are individuals or entities with tax residence in Ecuador which are shareholders of the entity that distributed the dividend.
  3. Payments made abroad for financial returns, and capital gains derived form:
    • Investments from abroad made in the Ecuador stock market. These investments may be made in equity securities or in fixed income securities.
    • Securities issued by entities domiciled in Ecuador, that were acquired abroad, destined to finance housing, microcredit or productive investments.
    • Fixed-term deposits or investments made with resources from abroad in local financial institutions.

This exemption does not apply if the payment is made between related parties.

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