Benefits for Seniors in Ecuador


To receive the following benefits, a person over 65 must carry a cedula or passport justifying legal status in the country. You do not legally need to be a resident to enjoy these benefits, however some organizations will demand a cedula because that is what they are used to, and battling with them over the law can be more exhausting than fruitful. These exceptions are noted below:

IVA – (VAT- Value Added Tax)

This 12% tax is paid by the final consumer of goods and/or services. You may have noticed it on the receipts you receive in restaurants, stores, etc. If you are renting a home you do not need to pay IVA. Youdo need to pay IVA if you rent out a space for commercial use.

Individuals over 65 are eligible to apply for reimbursement of all IVA paid month by month. The reimbursement must be requested at the SRI office with these documents:

a) Proof of a bank account to be credited

b) Application for Reimbursement of IVA

c) Original “facturas” or receipts with your name on them

d) Copy of the Certificate of Visa Registration (Certificado de Empadronamiento)

The application must be submitted monthly, and the reimbursement of the IVA will be credited to the bank account provided within a period of no more than 90 days. You can only be reimbursed for monthly expenditure on goods and services up to $1,590. If you exceed this amount of expenditure you can still be reimbursed up to the limit.

Art. 181–

Regulatory Document for the Application of Internal Tax Law

Publication: Official Register Supplement 209

Date of Publication: 08-Jun-2010, Most Recent Reform: 23-Jan-2013

Art. 2 –

National Tax Benefits for Seniors, Executive Order 2823

Publication: Official Register 623

Date of Publication: 22-Jul-2002

INCOME TAX

In relation to payment of income tax in Ecuador, there is something called “Impuesto a la Fracción Excedente” which is a tax paid when an individual’s net yearly income exceeds a certain limit. For people over 65, the income limit is doubled. The standard limit for 2013 is $10,180. Meaning that if a person over 65 has a yearly income under $20,360 he or she will not pay income taxes.

Art. 49 –

Regulatory Document for the Application of Internal Tax Law

Publication: Official Register Supplement 209

Date of Publication: 08-Jun-2010, Most Recent Reform: 23-Jan-2013

Art. 2 –

National Tax Benefits for Seniors, Executive Order 2823

Publication: Official Register 623

Date of Publication: 22-Jul-2002

MUNICIPAL TAXES

The senior Citizen Law clearly states that individuals over 65 are exempt from paying all national and municipal taxes on:

1. Income up to $1,590 * per month (5 x minimum wage)

2. Net assets valued under %159,000 (50 x minimum wage)

*These values are for the year 2013 only, and are subject to change each year in accordance with minimun wage. if your income or assets exceed these limits you will only pay taxes on the excess.

Art. 14 –

Senior Citizen Law

Publication: Official Register 376

Date of Publication: 13-Oct-2006

Art. 32 –

Tax Code

Publication: Official Register Supplement 38

Date of Publication:14-Jun-2005, Most Recent Reform 26-Sep-2012

Art. 37 –

Constitution of the Republic of Ecuador 2008

Publication: Official Register 449

Date of Publication: 20-Oct-2008, Most Recent Reform: 13-Jul-2011

AN EXAMPLE WORTH NOTING

We have had some clients recently in the following situation: Let’s say a couple buys a house (one spouse over 65 and the other under 65). According to Ecuadorian marriage law, 50% of the house belongs to each spouse and therefore each is responsible for 50% of the “alcabala” or Transfer Tax on the property. However, since the “alcabala” is a municipal tax, only the younger spouse will have to pay his or her portion, meaning the couple will end up paying half the declared tax.

TRANSPORTATION

Fares for bus and airplane travel with transportation companies that have official branches in Ecuador are subject to a 50% discount, with NO exceptions whether or not they are regular or promotional prices to begin with. Most airlines and travel agencies require a cedula (residency) for access to their discounts.

Art. 1 –

Civil Aviation Resolution #6

Publication: Official Register 329

Date of Publication: 05-May-2008

UTILITIES

50% discounts on monthly bills:

-Electric on one meter up to 120 kWh

-Water up to 20 cubic meters

-Telephone on one landline

If you exceed any of these limits, you will still receive your discount up to that limit. You will simply have to pay 100% on the excess consumption.

You may receive this benefit as a renter as long as your name is on the utility bills.

When you sign up for these services, make sure you register as a senior citizen with the service providers so that you will be charged accordingly. To sign up in this way a cedula (residency) may be required.

Art. 15 –

Senior Citizen Law

Publication: Official Register 376

Date of Publication: 13-Oct-2006

VEHICLES

When buying a motorized vehicle, a senior citizen must pay full price, but can declare an expenditure $8,000 lower when paying taxes on said vehicle. For example, if a person over 65 buys a motorcycle for $20,000, he or she will only pay taxes on a $12,000 motorcycle.

Art. 9 –

Tax Reform Law No. 41

Publication: Official Register Supplement 325

Date of Publication: 14-May-2001

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