January 20, 2021
Peru enacts new preferential tax regime for agribusiness
Benefits of the new preferential tax regime include reduced corporate income tax rates, accelerated depreciation rates for certain investments and early VAT refunds.
In Law 31110 (published December 31, 2020, in the Official Gazette), Peru enacted a new preferential tax regime for agribusiness. The regime, which is effective as of January 1, 2021, replaces the prior preferential tax regime for agribusiness (Law 27360 and Urgency Decree 043-2019) repealed on December 6, 2020.
Scope of preferential tax regime for agribusiness
The new regime applies to:
The regime does not apply to taxpayers engaged in activities related to wheat, tobacco, oil seeds, oils and beer. It also excludes producers organized in producer associations.
Income tax benefits
The regime applies a 15% corporate income tax (CIT) rate (versus a 29.5% rate) to net income at or below 1,700 Tax Units (approx. USD 2,060,606) from 2021 to 2030. Taxpayers with net income at or below 1,700 UIT (approx. USD 2,060,606) in the tax year may also claim an income tax credit equal to 10% of reinvestments (amount from profits used to improve the competitiveness of agribusiness) that prioritize the implementation of a technical irrigation system. The credit is capped at 70% of the taxpayer's annual profits from 2021 to 2030.
For net income over 1,700 Tax Units (approx. USD 2,060,606), the corporate income tax rate gradually increases as follows:
Estimated income tax payments
The regime requires taxpayers to pay estimated income taxes monthly. The estimated taxes equal a percentage of the month's net income. The percentages, which vary depending on the applicable corporate rates, are:
A 20% accelerated depreciation rate per year applies to investments in hydraulic and irrigation infrastructure.
Value-added tax (VAT) benefits
Regime participants may request an early refund of VAT applied to the import and acquisition of local new capital goods, new intermediate goods, services and construction agreements carried out during the pre-operative stage.