Madeira and its main business sectors have had good news in 2013. Not only has it been considered the best island destination in Europe and is in the running for the best island destination in the world in 2013, Madeira also concluded its negotiations with the European Commission. These negotiations allowed for an increase in the taxable profit benefitting from a reduced Corporate Income Tax rate (5%) in its International Business Centre (IBCM), improving Madeira’s image as a safe, competitive European jurisdiction for managing international operations.
The preferential tax system of the International Business Centre of Madeira was authorized by the European Commission within the scope of its state aid program, considering the need to give this Portuguese autonomous region tools that allow it to overcome the limitations of its situation as a small ultra-peripheral island economy in the European Union.
Granting tax benefits that are sufficiently completive to attract foreign investors proved to be the most effective solution and the International Business Centre currently accounts for almost 25% of Madeira’s gross regional product. There are many advantages that lead investors from many countries to internationalize their operations through the IBCM, benefitting from significant tax and operational optimization:
- A modern economy based on international services;
- Qualified labour with excellent foreign language skills;
- One of the lowest Corporate Income Tax rates in the European Union (5% up until 2020);
- Quality road and telecommunications infrastructure;
- Very competitive operating costs in comparison with other European jurisdictions;
- A secure and transparent tax system pre-authorized by the European Union.
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