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February 10, 2021

Uruguay modifies the 'tax holiday' regime

The modifications allow taxpayers to choose to be exempt from income tax on the income from foreign investments for 10 years, instead of five years. The modifications also allow more taxpayers to qualify for the 10-year exemption period.

In the last few months of 2020, Uruguay modified the "tax holiday" regime, which provides a temporary income tax exemption to new tax residents for income from foreign investments. Law No. 19,904 (September 2020) allows new tax residents to choose between:

  • Not being subject to income tax on yields of foreign capital for the year in which they became tax residents and the following 10 years (previously it was five years)
    • Being subject to a 7% rate forever on yields of foreign capital

Once the election is made, it will apply from 2020 and thereafter.

Law No. 19,937 (December 2020) extended the "10-year period" option to tax residents who benefited from the regime before 2020. To qualify for the 10-year period, individuals must meet the following conditions:

  • Prove they acquired property for a value exceeding 3.5 million Indexed Units (approx. US $400,000) as from January 22, 2021
  • Be in Uruguay for at least 60 days during the calendar year


Contact Information
For additional information concerning this Alert, please contact:
EY Uruguay
Martha Roca ([email protected])
María Inés Eibe ([email protected])
Nadine Bruck ([email protected])
Latin American Business Center, New York
Ana Mingramm ([email protected])
Enrique Perez Grovas ([email protected])
Pablo Wejcman ([email protected])

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