Taxes in Mauritius: How to...

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Published on 2021-09-23 at 12:20 by Expat.com team
The deadline is approaching. The deadline for doing your tax returns in Mauritius is October 15. This task has proven to be a real ordeal for many in the past. Here's what you need to know if this is your first time to do it or if you need a refresher.

Between endless waits before the office of the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) - the state body that manages everything related to income in Mauritius - complicated processes, forgetting important steps... paying taxes has not really been a breeze so far. Fortunately, we can say that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a positive effect on this sector in Mauritius. Faced with compliance with health protocols to avoid human contact as much as possible, the MRA has set up an online payment system. It is now possible to complete the documents on the MRA website.

You just have to go to eservices.mra.mu. Have your "Tax Account Number" (which you will find on your payslip)  or your NCID if you are not a citizen of Mauritius. You will then need to enter your password. Once the form is completed, you will be able to proceed to payment using a debit or credit card.

If you are having difficulty completing the paperwork, online support has been made available to the public. How to make an appointment? Still on the eservices.mra.mu page, click on MRA e-appointment. You can then choose your query. You will receive a confirmation code on your mobile which must be inserted on the site to validate your appointment. When the day comes, you will receive a WhatsApp link on your mobile for the meeting.

You should know that an expatriate is taxed according to his overall income - that of Mauritius and abroad. He is considered resident if he has spent 183 days or more during the fiscal year in Mauritius, which begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following year. The percentage is 15% but a 10% reduction is applied if the resident's income does not exceed Rs 650,000.

Be careful not to declare and pay your income is liable to fines which can be substantial. For those who have completed their form late, the fine is Rs 2,000 per month up to a maximum amount of Rs 20,000. For those who pay their taxes late, the penalty is 5% and an interest of 0.5% per month is applied.

Article translated from Impts Maurice : Mode d'emploi