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Liechtenstein

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Official languages
Population 
Currency

ISO 4217

Vaduz

German and Alemannic

38,137

Swiss Franc

CHF

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"Liechtenstein is a small, landlocked country located in Central Europe, bordered by Switzerland and Austria. It has a population of 38,000 and an area of only 160 square kilometers. Despite its small size, Liechtenstein has a strong economy. According to the World Bank, Liechtenstein has a GDP of $5.7 billion, with a GDP per capita of $148,000, making it one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The country has a low unemployment rate of 1.7%, and its inflation rate is 1.2%.

Liechtenstein has a strong financial sector, with banking and insurance accounting for over half of its GDP. The country also has a thriving manufacturing sector, with pharmaceuticals, electronics, and precision instruments being the main exports. Liechtenstein also has a strong tourism industry, with over 1.2 million visitors in 2019.

Overall, Liechtenstein has a strong and stable economy, with a high GDP per capita and low unemployment and inflation rates. The country's financial sector is well-developed, and its manufacturing and tourism industries are thriving."

Taxation

Liechtenstein has a unique tax system with different rules for its residents and non-residents. Here is an overview of the tax system in Liechtenstein:


Corporate taxation:

- The corporate income tax rate in Liechtenstein is 12.5%, which applies to both resident and non-resident companies.

- There is no capital gains tax, wealth tax, or inheritance tax in Liechtenstein.

- Liechtenstein has a favorable tax regime for holding companies, which can benefit from exemptions on certain types of income.


Personal taxation:

- Liechtenstein residents are subject to personal income tax on their worldwide income, with a progressive tax rate that ranges from 2.4% to 11.5% depending on income level.

- Non-residents are only taxed on their income sourced from Liechtenstein, at a flat rate of 4.5%.

- There is no tax on capital gains or wealth tax for individuals in Liechtenstein.


Tax payment process and calendar:

- The tax year in Liechtenstein is from January 1st to December 31st of the same year.

- Taxpayers are required to file their tax returns by the end of March of the year following the tax year.

- Corporate income tax payments are made annually, with a deadline of March 31st of the year following the tax year.

- Personal income tax payments are made on a quarterly basis, with deadlines of March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, and December 31st.

- Late tax payments are subject to penalties and interest charges.


It's worth noting that Liechtenstein is known for its strict banking secrecy laws, which have been subject to international scrutiny in recent years. The country has been working to improve its international tax compliance and transparency standards, including by signing tax information exchange agreements with other countries.

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