Rebeca Duran

Rebeca Duran

Staff Writer
The Brazil Business


Taxation for Nonresidents in Brazil

Rebeca Duran

Rebeca Duran

Staff Writer
The Brazil Business


Brazil is highly attractive to foreign investors. However, the Brazilian taxation system is very complex. Foreigners want to come, so how would this nonresidents pay their taxes in Brazil?

According to Brazilian constitution, it is considered nonresident for tax purposes in Brazil the individual who:

  • does not reside in Brazil in permanently
  • withdraw permanently from the national territory, on the day of departure with the delivery of the Declaration of Final Departure from the country
  • subject to nonresident condition, enter in Brazil to provide services as an employee of a foreign government agency located in the country
  • enter in Brazil with a temporary visa:

    a) and stay up to 183 days, consecutive or not, for a period of twelve months

    b) until the day before the permanent visa obtainment or the employment tie established, if occurring before completing 184 days, consecutive or not, of permanence in Brazil within a period of twelve months

  • is absent from Brazil for more than 1 year.

Nonresident Income Tax

Nonresidents are subject to income tax in Brazil only if their earnings are growing or if they derive from Brazilian sources.

If the nonresident already pays the tax in the country of origin, the tax due in Brazil can be reduce as long as:

  • it is not offset or returned abroad and
  • Brazil has signed an agreement, or a treaty with the respective country. According to Brazilian tax rules, the nonresident who has a temporary visa and does not acquire residency status in Brazil, should pay income tax. This income will be charged on the nonresident incomes received in Brazil.

Taxes on Income

A nonresident individual in Brazil is subject to Brazilian income tax withholding depending on the type of income derived. If there is no special rate provided, a general income tax withholding rate of 15% is applied. If the beneficiary located in a country with an inferior tax jurisdiction, he is subject to income tax withholding at the rate of 25%.

Income in Brazil for Nonresidents

In Brazil, incomes that results from financial investments in foreign currency, such as the capital gain achieved in the alienation of assets and rights acquired in foreign currency, although originally derived from income earned in Brazilian Reais, are considered income earned originally in foreign currency.

The income received in Brazil by Nonresident is subject to withheld taxation or definitive taxation, as described below:

Cases in which taxation is 15%

  • Alienation of assets or rights under the rules applicable to individuals residing in Brazil. When calculating the capital gain of non-resident it doesn't apply the exemptions and tax reductions provided to residents in Brazil.
  • Income received from sources located in Brazil, by non-resident, related to payment, credit, employment, expenses related to installation and maintenance of commercial representation offices or warehouses that are delivered abroad.
  • Expenses with marketing, market resource, rentals and leasing
  • Alimony

Cases in which taxation is 25%

  • Labor income, with or without employment tie, and chargeable, credited, delivered or remitted services to nonresidents.
  • Pension for death or permanent disability or retirement.

Cases in which taxation varies between 0% and 25%

  • Commissions paid by exporters, freight, charters, ships or aircraft rentals or lease, containers rental, demurrage and other port facilities services.
  • Expenses associated with promotion, advertising and market research, rents and leases.

Cases in which taxation varies between 15% and 25%

  • Royalties and technical services and administrative and technical assistance.
  • Other income.