Tax break package for new immigrants and returning residents
The main benefits for new immigrants and returning residents who become citizens since January 1st 2007 and onwards are as follows:
- 10 years exemption from tax paying on foreign-source income (i.e., income derived outside of Israel).
- 10 years exemption from declaring on foreign-source income which are exempted.
- 10 years exclusion from definition as an Israeli company resident – for a company established abroad and owned by an "Oleh" or a "Senior Returning Resident".
- Option to be considered a foreign resident for taxation purposes, for one year from arrival.
- 5 years of entitlement to tax credit, with options of extension.
Who is entitled to the tax benefits?
- "Oleh" – New immigrant.
- "Senior Returning Resident" – individuals who returned to Israel after they lived continuously outside of Israel, and returned to Israel not sooner than 10 years after having ceased to be a resident of Israel. Those individuals will be considered as "Oleh".
- One-time measure – Individuals who returned to Israel during the years 2007-2009 are considered as "Senior Returning Resident" even if lived continuously outside of Israel for at least 5 years (instead of 10 years).
Income entitled to tax benefits:
- Passive income – 10 years exemption on dividends, interest, rent, royalties and pensions generated by assets held overseas.
- Capital gain – 10 years exemption on capital gain from the alienation of assets located abroad. Extended to assets located abroad acquired after becoming Israeli resident.
- Business income – 10 years exemption on business income generated by assets held overseas.
- Vocational and labor income – 10 years exemption on salaries and income from activities of independent nature, generated abroad. Applies to business and occupation acquired or started before or after becoming an Israeli resident.
Optional track for adapting:
A one-year period of adjustment from the date of arrival in Israel is granted upon request, which enables the individual to choose not to be considered as an Israeli resident for tax purposes during this one-year period. The request for the adjustment year must be submitted within 90 days from the date of arrival in Israel.
Foreign companies held and owned by "Olim" and Senior returning residents:
A company establishes abroad and owned by an "Oleh" or a "Senior Returning Residents" will not be considered as an Israeli company for taxation purposes for a period of 10 years, and thus will be exempt from taxes in Israel during this period on foreign-source income (i.e., income derived outside of Israel).
All Israeli residents are entitled to 2 credit points (reduction of NIS 436 per month from the tax liability), as well as 0.25 additional points for a working man and 0.75 points for a working woman, which are not taxed.
Working Olim are entitled to additional points on top of that, for a period of three and a half years following their Aliyah. This benefit may be extended whilst carrying out compulsory army service and whilst studying at university or collage. Apply for this benefit by filling out the relevant sections of form 101 (filled out upon start of employment and at the beginning of every year through your employer):
- For the first 18 months – 3 additional credit points (reduction of NIS 654 per month or NIS 11,772 for the first 18 months).
- For the following 12 months – 2 additional credit points (reduction of NIS 436 per month or 5232 annually).
- For the following 12 moths – 1 additional credit points (reduction of NIS 218 per month or NIS 2616 annually).
Additional reduction are available for parents of young children, working mothers, discharged soldiers and many other reasons.
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