Why invest in the DR?

At only a two-hour flight south of Miami, the Dominican Republic is a Caribbean paradise for luxurious beach vacations.  The country has so much more to offer, especially for foreign investors looking to find new business opportunities in the Caribbean region. Here are 3 reasons why you should invest in the Dominican Republic:

1. Political and economic social stability

2. Real estate investment opportunities

Across many industries, various advantages are put in place to level the playing field for foreign businesses, such as fair treatment for local and foreign investors, repatriation of 100 percent of profits, free conversion of funds, free access to international currency in local commercial banks and the Central Bank with a fast and easy registration process.

Furthermore, according with Law 171-07 on incentives foreign real estate investors, they can obtain a resident permission in 45 days.

The real estate industry has been promoted significantly by several government measures to stimulate tourism and give significant tax incentives to the investors on Tourist Development Promotion. The goal is to develop the tourism industry in a reasonable and sustained manner, by offering investors several tax incentives. It is worth to highlight the tax exemption for 15 years of 100% on the taxes for income, capital gain, company incorporation and capital increase, real estate transfer and real estate property.  Such law exonerates 100% of custom taxes or goods importation taxes, movables estates, equipment and those material needed for building and setting up the real estate facilities purchased.

3. Attractive tax incentives explained in detail.

Over the past 2 decades, the Dominican Republic has opened its borders to international business as part of its strategy for economic growth. For example, tax incentives exist where the Dominican State recognize that a foreign investment and technology transfer contributes to domestic economic growth and social development. This has been reflected in the current legal framework as well as in the international agreements that have recently been signed.  Some of these tax incentives include Law No. 16-95: On Foreign Investment, where the Dominican State recognizes that foreign investment and technology transfer contribute to the economic growth and social development of the country.                

Law 158-01 (CONFOTUR)

a) 100% exemption from the payment of national and municipal taxes charged on the incorporation and capital increase of companies, use and issuing of construction permits, tax on real estate property (IPI) and 3% tax savings on the transfer of real estate property rights.

b) 100% exemption from the payment of all import taxes and other taxes such as tariffs, rights, recharges, including the Value added Tax (VAT or “ITBIS”) applicable to the equipment, materials, and movables necessary for the first equipment and putting into operation of the corresponding tourism facility; and,

c) 100% exemption from the payment of taxes or withholdings that may arise from any local and international financing and from the accruing interests, granted to companies that are object of these incentives”

d) 100% exemption for 15 years from Annual Property Tax which represents 1% of the exceeding value of RD$ 7,438,197 or about US$148,000 of the property (Updated in June 2019). This means that a property worth US$200,000 will be taxed its surplus amount of US$52,000 at 1%, so US$520 annually.  

e) 100% exemption from the tax in case of capital increase, sale (for example in case of resale of the property), or contributions in kind.

f) 100% exemption on the tax declared for rental revenues which represents 27%.

In short, the Dominican Republic offers numerous opportunities for foreign investors and international businesses looking for new opportunities. We believe the domestic business environment is dynamic and ever-evolving for the better.


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