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July 20, 2021

Colombia enacts law modifying the tax incentives applicable to renewable energy projects

The law modifies the tax benefits for non-conventional renewable energy projects, including the value-added tax exemption, the accelerated depreciation rate and the income tax deduction.

On July 10, 2021, Colombia enacted and published in the Official Gazette Law 2099, modifying the tax incentives applicable to non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) projects.

The law also establishes provisions on energy transition, revitalization of the energy market and economic recovery. In addition, the law includes tax provisions applicable to NCRE projects.

Specifically, the law establishes that the tax benefits currently available for NCRE projects will also apply to power storage, smart metering systems and power management for NCRE, as well as investments in goods, machinery and equipment used in the manufacturing, storage, packaging, distribution, re-electrification, research, and final use of green and blue hydrogen.

The following tax benefits apply to these types of projects:

  1. An income tax deduction equivalent to 50% of the investment, over a 15-year period
  2. Accelerated depreciation rate of 33.33% (the law increased the depreciation rate from 20% to 33.33% rate)
  3. Value-added tax exclusion
  4. Tariff exemption

Investments, goods, machinery and equipment used for carbon capture and storage, however, will qualify for an income tax credit of 25% of the investment made, a VAT exclusion and the accelerated depreciation (mentioned above). To qualify for the benefits, the law would require carbon capture and storage projects to be registered before the National Registry of Reduction and Emission of Greenhouse Gases and approved by the regulatory authorities.

The tax and tariff benefits would apply for 30 years from July 1, 2021.


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