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Gabon

Capital
Official languages
Population 
Currency

ISO 4217

Libreville

French

2.2 million

Central African CFA Franc

XAF

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Economy

Gabon has a strong and growing economy, with a GDP of $25.7 billion in 2019. This is a 4.2% increase from 2018, and the highest growth rate in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC). The country’s main exports are crude oil, timber, and manganese, which account for over 80% of its total exports. Gabon also has a strong agricultural sector, with cocoa, coffee, and palm oil being the main crops. The country has a low unemployment rate of 4.2%, and a poverty rate of 28.2%. The government has implemented several reforms to improve the business environment, including the introduction of a new investment code and the establishment of a one-stop shop for investors. These reforms have helped to attract foreign direct investment, which has increased from $1.2 billion in 2017 to $2.2 billion in 2019. Overall, Gabon has a strong and growing economy, with a positive outlook for the future.

Taxation

Gabon is a country located in Central Africa with a tax system that includes both corporate and personal taxation.


Corporate taxation in Gabon is currently at a standard rate of 30%. However, there are some deductions and allowances available, such as those for research and development, investment in machinery and equipment, and charitable donations. Companies with an annual turnover of less than XAF 60 million are subject to a lower rate of 20%.


Individuals in Gabon are subject to a progressive tax system that includes both national and local taxes. The tax rates for national income tax range from 0% to 35% depending on the income level. Local taxes, which vary by municipality, are typically in the range of 5%-10%.


The tax year in Gabon runs from 1 January to 31 December, and tax returns must be filed by the end of March of the following year. Taxpayers can file their returns electronically or on paper. Tax payments are typically due in three instalments, with the first instalment due in March, the second in June, and the final instalment in September.


Taxpayers in Gabon can choose to pay their taxes either monthly or in a lump sum. Monthly payments are based on the previous year's tax assessment and are paid on the 15th day of each month. Lump sum payments are due in September and can be paid either online or at a bank.


In addition to income taxes, there are also taxes on capital gains, dividends, and other types of income. Employers are also required to withhold taxes from their employees' paychecks and remit those taxes to the government on a monthly basis.


Gabon also has a value-added tax (VAT) system, which is similar to the sales tax system in other countries. The VAT rate in Gabon is currently set at 18%.


It is important to note that tax laws and regulations in Gabon are subject to change. Taxpayers should consult with a tax professional or the Gabonese tax authority for the most up-to-date information on tax rules and procedures.

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