Rental Income Tax in Ethiopia
Ethiopian Revenue & Customs Authority (ERCA)
Income Tax Proclamation No. 286/2002
Income tax is imposed on the income from rental of buildings and collected at the following rates:
1. On income of bodies (share companies, plc's for example) thirty percent (30%) of taxable income,
2. On income of persons according to Schedule B (shown below) of the Income Tax Proclamation No. 286/2002
(per year) Income Tax payable From Birr to Birr 0
If the tax payer leased furnished quarters, the amounts received attributable to the lease of furniture and equipment is included in the income.
Sub-lessors pay the tax on the difference between income from sub-leasing and the rent paid to the lessor, provided that the amount received from the sub-lessor is greater than the amount payable to the lessor.
Deductions apply in computing taxable income:
For taxpayers not maintaining books of account; taxes paid (except income taxes) with respect to the land and buildings being leased, and one fifth (1/5) of the gross income received as rent for buildings, furniture and equipment as an allowance for repairs, maintenance and depreciation of such buildings, furniture and equipment.
For taxpayers maintaining books of account, the expenses incurred in earning, securing, and maintaining rental income. Deductible expenses include (but are not limited to) the cost of lease (rent) of land, repairs, maintenance, and depreciation of buildings, furniture and equipment as well as interest on bank loans and insurance premiums.
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