2017-18 Worldwide Personal Tax and Immigration Guide

This guide summarizes personal tax systems and immigration rules in 166 jurisdictions. Use the map or the menu to see the guide’s information for a jurisdiction.

This guide summarizes personal tax systems and immigration rules in 166 jurisdictions. Use the menu to see the guide’s information for a jurisdiction.

 
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Governments worldwide continue to reform their tax codes at a historically rapid rate. Taxpayers need a current guide, such as the Worldwide Personal Tax and Immigration Guide, in such a shifting tax landscape, especially if they are contemplating new markets.

The content is straightforward. Chapter by chapter, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, we summarize personal tax systems and immigration rules in more than 160 jurisdictions. The content is current on 1 July 2017, with exceptions noted.

Each chapter begins with EY’s in-country executive and immigration contact information, and some jurisdictions add contacts from our Private Client Services practice. Then we lay out the essential facts about the jurisdiction’s personal taxes. We start with the personal income tax, explaining who is liable for tax and, at some length, what types of income are considered taxable and which rates, deductions and credits apply. A section on other taxes varies by jurisdiction but often includes estate, inheritance, gift and real estate taxes. A social security section covers payments for publicly provided health, pensions and other social benefits, followed by sections on tax filing and payment procedures as well as double tax relief and tax treaties. The immigration sections provide information on temporary visas, work visas and permits, residence visas and permits, and family and personal considerations.

From the navigation at left, you will find a list of the names and codes for all national currencies. From the right-hand column, you will find a list of contacts for other jurisdictions.

For many years, the Worldwide Personal Tax and Immigration Guide (formerly the Worldwide Personal Tax Guide) has been published annually along with two companion guides on broad-based taxes: the Worldwide Corporate Tax Guide and the Worldwide VAT, GST and Sales Tax Guide. In recent years, those three have been joined by additional tax guides on more-specific topics, including the Worldwide Estate and Inheritance Tax Guide, the Worldwide Transfer Pricing Reference Guide, the Global Oil and Gas Tax Guide, the Worldwide R&D Incentives Reference Guide, the Worldwide Digital Tax Guide and the Worldwide Capital and Fixed Assets Guide.

Each of the guides represents thousands of hours of tax research. They are available free online along with timely Global Tax Alerts and other great publications on ey.com or in our EY Global Tax Guides app for tablets.

Please contact us if you need printed copies of the Worldwide Personal Tax and Immigration Guide. You can also keep up with the latest updates at ey.com/GlobalTaxGuides, and find out more about the app at ey.com/TaxGuidesApp.

This material has been prepared for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as accounting, tax, or other professional advice. Please refer to your advisors for specific advice.