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Personal Tax Returns

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In Cyprus, all employed and self employed persons must prepare and submit their tax returns to the Cyprus Income Tax Office. This is a key requirement for all physical persons to be compliant with their filing obligations.


The tax return is the sammary of the individual total income earned from all over the world together with correspodening taxes paid, if any resulting to a taxable amount or refund. Cyprus tax resident persons must disclosiure on their Cyprus Tax returns their worldwide income. Cyprus Non Tax Residnet persons must only file a Cyprus Tax Return for income from sources receiced in Cyprus.

Simple Tax Return

The fees for the simple tax return assume that the tax payer has only salaried income from one source and will provide to the firm their employment documentation so that our firm will prepare and submit their tax return.


Complicated Tax Return

Must be selected by individuals earning money from multiple sources. Increased fees represent the increased workload of our tax experts needed to understand and process correctly the various income streams with corresponding tax deductions assessing implication on Cyprus taxation.


Registration with TaxisNet system?

All Cyprus tax returns are submitted via the Cyprus TaxisNet portal. To register with the portal there is a process chargeable with a one off fee: €100.


Registration with Cyprus Income Tax Office

All Cyprus tax residents must be registered with the Cyprus income tax office. To register with the Cyprus income tax office there is a process chargeable with a one off fee: €150.

What is the purpose of the personal tax return?

The personal tax returns aim to gather all income earned by the taxpayer and arrive at the final tax for the specific year. In other words, if a person earns salary in a Cyprus company, dividends from overseas and also provides services as self employed all these services are gathered in the tax return for a specifc year and a tax assessment is prepared for all these services so as to arrvie to the final tax for this year.

How do i complete my tax return?

Each year the tax return changes incorporating more and more data to it. A good illustration is given in our YouTube Academy. Check this link.

I earn taxes in numerous countries. Which country is responsible for my taxes?

It depends on which country you are considered tax resident. Strcitly speaking the country where you reside for more than 183 days is considered your country of residency. Hence this country is responsible to collect taxes on your worldwide income.

Can a person have dual tax residency?

Yes. If a person spends approximately equal time in two different countries then both countries are entitled to tax this person.

IR1, IR4, IR7, Employed Self Employed. I am confused. Please explain

  • IR1 is the tax return of individuals
  • IR4 is the tac return of Companies for Company Profit Taxes
  • IR6 is the tax return of Companies for Company Employee Taxes
  • Employed person - Company deducts taxes
  • Self employed person - This individual is taxed on their profits. An accountant calculates their taxes

How does the Cyprus Income Tax Office know how much taxes to charge the Companies and Individuals?

The Cyprus Income Tax office receives the tax returns of Companies and Individuals electronically from the Taxisnet system, an online tax reporting system.

Usually, local 3rd party accountants submit the tax returns through this system on behalf of their clients though the anyone can submit them as long as they correctly registered.

When is the tax year for individuals?

The tax year for Individuals is the 31st of December each year whilst their filing deadlines are as follows;

  • Individuals, by the end of July of the following year
  • Individuals preparing financial statements, by the 30 of September

How do I file my tax return?

You can only file your tax return electronically therefore you must firstly visit the Cyprus Incmome Tax Office with your identity card and request to obtain the access codes for taxisent. Visit the Cyprus Taxisnet page on this link and follow the process. It is always advisable to seek the assistance of a professional accountant especially if your income exceeds the taxable amount of Euro 19,500.

Recruitment of Staff

In Cyprus, each salaried person or self-employed person must have a Personal Tax Identification Code (T.I.C) and a Personal Social Insurance Number (S.I.C). Consequently, the registration of personnel is made through the Social Insurance Office and the Income Tax Office, unfortunately, on a paper application.

The procedure is not complicated and it usually takes 10 working days for an employee to be registered with the Social Insurance Office and the Income Tax Office. In the event that the Company / Sole Trader is not registered as an employer, it should also register as an employer first and then register the employees under his/her name.

Minimum wage

As per the Social Insurance guidelines, for full-time office staff the Minimum Monthly Wage upon recruitment is €870, while the minimum monthly wage for employees, who have completed a six-month period of employment at the same employer, is €924 (other rates apply for other professions). Normal working hours are usually 38 to 40 hours based on normal practice and agreement with each employer.

It is important to note that the minimum wage for salaried and self-employed persons varies depending on the profession and it is predetermined by the Social Insurance Office, where it can be obtained upon request.

Social Insurance cost

Whether a self-employed person or an employer, you must immediately inform the Social Insurance as soon as you hire a new employee.

At present, Social insurance cost for the company is 14,9% of the gross salary of the employee, while the cost for the employee rises to 8,3% and any tax that needs to be paid in case of taxable income over 19.500 euro which is the tax-free amount. The employer pays the 14,9% (8.3% plus other contributions 3,7% and NHS 2,9%) on the employee’s salary to the authorities and deducts the 8,3% from the employee’s salary.

National Health System Cyprus (NHS)

Salaries Deductions:

Salaries will be paid net of the NHS / GESY contributions similarly to the social insurance contributions are deducted. The Social Insurance office has amended its forms and online portal for the GESY contributions so that both contributions are collected by the Social Insurance Office every month.

The Maximum obligatory amount for the Social Insurance Contributions is Euro 54,648 and it is different from the Maximum obligatory GESY contributions of Euro 180,000.


Pay as you earn (PAYE) income tax

In the cases where the employee’s taxable income (i.e. Gross salary less Social insurance paid) is over the threshold of EURO 19.500, then tax for the employee arises as per the below table.

PAYE Brackets are as follows:

The employer is informed by its staff of all taxable income and personal circumstances which could lead to a different tax treatment by completing the form IR.59 at the beginning of each year. The employer collects these forms and calculates the appropriate PAYE deductions based on the information provided on these forms.

Contracts of Employment & Termination of Employment

The amount of PAYE tax is calculated on the estimated income of the employee for the year at the begging of each year and is divided by 12 months. Bonuses and benefits in kind are also included as salaried income and taxed accordingly.

Note: Benefits in Kind and Bonuses are normally subject to Social Insurance Contributions, NHS and P.A.Y.E

The Year-End final payroll taxes (PAYE, NHS, SIC), should agree to the IR.63 and must be matched by the monthly deductions and contributions of these taxes. Any taxes due should be calculated at the year-end and be settled via a year-end payment/settlement/employee deduction.

Reconciliation Exercise

By adding the total taxable income including the bonus and benefits in kind for the entire year and proceeding with the PAYE, SIC, and NHS calculations you must agree to the monthly tax deductions for the year (including the Bonus and Benefit in Kind paid in December).


Contracts of Employment & Termination of Employment

For all the employees, long-term or short-term contracts need to be signed and all the terms and conditions to be agreed upon between the employer and the employee. The contracts must include, among others, the position, salary, days of holiday and sick leave, and termination conditions.


Employee Terminates Employment:

  • Length of employment Minimum term of notice
  • From 26 up to 51 weeks (6 months – 1 year) --> 1 week
  • From 52 up to 259 weeks (1 year– 5 years) --> 2 weeks
  • From 260 weeks and over (5 years +) --> 3 weeks


Employer Terminates Employment:

  • Length of employment Minimum term of notice
  • Up to 26 weeks (6 months) No notice required
  • From 26 up to 51 weeks (6 months – 1 year) --> 1 week
  • From 52 up to 103 weeks (1 year – 2 years) --> 2 weeks
  • From 104 up to 155 weeks (2 years – 3 years) --> 4 weeks
  • From 156 up to 207 weeks (3 years – 4 years) --> 5 weeks
  • From 208 up to 259 weeks (4 years – 5 years) --> 6 weeks
  • From 260 up to 311 weeks (5 years – 6 years) --> 7 weeks
  • From 312 weeks and over (6 years +) --> 8 weeks

Other Obligations

All employers must provide their employees with their monthly payslip which indicates the monthly gross salary and corresponding deductions and contributions of the employee's net salary. In addition, they must prepare and submit the Employer’s Tax Return (IR.7) to the tax authorities by the 31 of July of the following year. For instance, for 2021 the IR.7 has to be submitted by 31.07.2022.

At the end of each year, all employers must prepare and provide to their staff an official form (IR.63) stating the annual gross salary with all deductions and contributions for the year. This form will be thereon used by the employees to prepare their tax returns.

Usually, this form is provided to the employees from March to April of the next year.

All forms, Payslips, IR.7 & IR.63 are completed by the accountant of the Company / Employer.


Other Employee’s Obligations

All the employees registered with the tax authorities need to complete and submit their tax return (IR.1) stating their income from employment and any other income.

The tax return shall be submitted electronically by the 31 of July the following year

i.e. for 2021, it will be 31.07.2022.

In this form, a calculation of their tax is also included and any differences between the PAYE already paid and the actual tax need to be settled by 30 of June the following year i.e. for 2021 it will be the 30.06.2022.

In the event tax paid is higher than the actual tax due then the excess amount will be refunded by the authorities once the tax return is examined.

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