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Chile’s Tax System – Country Profile

Chile’s tax system is comprehensive, encompassing a variety of taxes ranging from corporate and personal income taxes to gift and inheritance taxes, while not imposing a wealth tax. Furthermore, this overview provides a detailed look into the country’s tax rates, including progressive scales for personal income, gift, and inheritance taxes, and a bifurcated corporate income tax rate. Additionally, Chile’s commitment to preventing tax avoidance through various regulations, its participation in double tax treaties, protection of foreign investments, and adherence to international tax cooperation standards underscores its sophisticated tax regime.

Chile’s Tax System overview

Corporate Income Tax: 27%
Personal Income Tax: 40%, progr.
Inheritance Tax: 25%, progr.
Gift Tax: 25%, progr.
Wealth Tax: None

Corporate Income Tax

Chilean corporations  are subject to tax on worldwide income at a rate of 25% for small and medium companies, and 27% for large companies. 

Personal Income Taxation

Chilean residents are subject to tax on worldwide income at progressive rates up to 40%. Chile imposes gift and ineritance tax at progressive rates up to 25%, dependng on amounts and relationship to donor/decedent. Chile does not impose wealth tax. 

Anti-Avoidance Rules

Chile has General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAARs). Chile also has Transfer Pricing rules, Thin Capitalization rules, and Controlled Foreign Corporation (CFC) rules, see below. 

Controlled Foreign Corporation Rules 

Chilean residents that own 50% or more of CFCs with passive income are subject to taxation on undistributed profits. Control is defined as ownership or control of more than 50% of the capital, profits or voting power of the foreign entity; or power to elect a majority of directors; or unilateral power to amend the statutes or change a majority of the board, etc. A foreign corporation will be presumed to be a CFC if it is resident in a low tax jurisdiction (LTJ) Chilean residents have a purchase option over 50% of the capital, profits or voting power of the foreign company; Chilean residents can change a majority of the board or amend the statutes. 

For purposes of Chilean CFC rules, LTJs are considered those which meet at least two of the following criteria: effective tax rates are less than 17.5% of the Chilean rate; no exchange of information agreement; no transfer pricing rules; considered by OECD as a preferential tax regime;  has a “territorial” tax regime; tax authorities have limited power to exchange information. 

Double Tax Treaties (DTTs) 

DTTs with financial centers including Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Foreign Investment Protection

Chile has agreements for the protection of foreign investments with a number of countries, including Luxembourg, Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay.

OECD Multilateral Convention 

Chile is a signatory to the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. The Convention requires signatories to exchange information “on request,” and authorizes exchange of information spontaneously and automatically. 

Common Reporting Standard (CRS)

Chile is a signatory of the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA) to implement CRS for the automatic exchange of information, and has adopted the standard.


Chile has a FATCA Model 2 Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the United States for the automatic exchange of account information.

In summary, Chile’s tax system is characterized by its structured approach to both domestic and international taxation, aimed at ensuring fairness and compliance while promoting economic growth. Through progressive tax rates, strategic anti-avoidance rules, and active participation in global tax agreements, Chile maintains a balanced and competitive tax environment. This not only facilitates the protection and encouragement of foreign investment but also aligns with global efforts to enhance tax transparency and combat evasion.

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