Less than one year after the approval of the Tax Reform Law (Law 1943 of 28 December 2018), which was then declared unconstitutional by the country’s Constitutional Court because of “procedural issues”, a new law has been passed that attempts to pick up on the points already agreed in the first document. However, it was possible for the Congress of the Republic to introduce new changes or regulations that were not found in the first normative text.
The Colombian Economic Growth Law (Law 2010 of 27 December 2019) brings positive changes to company taxation, mainly by maintaining the progressive decrease of three percentage points in the effective corporate tax rate, which is
- 32% by 2020
- 31% by 2021
- 30% by 2022
Another important point in this new law that has been carried over from the unconstitutional financing law is article 91, which establishes the “exempt income” for so-called “Orange Economy” activities (income from the development of technological value-added industries and creative activities, for a term of seven years, provided that some requirements are met).
The Orange Economy is also known as the Creative Economy and is one of the economic drivers in Colombia, accounting for around three percent of gross domestic product. The economic model is divided into three categories:
- Cultural industries that produce massively reproducible and distributable goods, for example publishers or radio and television.
- Fine arts such as music, tourism or gastronomy.
- New media and content software such as video games or software creation.
For further information please contact:
Maria Camila Mendoza Sepúlveda, Specialist Attorney in International Tax Management, Bogota, ECOVIS Colombia www.ecovis.com/en