On 22 June 2023, the House of Representatives passed additional amendments to the Income Tax Law with regards to Article 8(23A).
The Article provides a 50% exemption from income tax on the remuneration of individuals employed in Cyprus, subject to certain criteria. The recent amendments are as follows:
• The exemption will be granted if the individual was not a resident of Cyprus for 15 consecutive years prior to any employment in the Republic. Previously, the exemption was applicable if the individual was not a Cyprus resident for 10 consecutive years.
• The exemption will be granted for a period of 17 years from the date of employment regardless of whether the individual changed employer during this period. Previously, the exemption was only granted for the first employment of the individual in Cyprus.
It is important to note that these amendments also apply to the transitional provisions that were formerly introduced in Article 8(23A) in 2022 and that the individuals that were entitled to the 50% income tax exemption based on the old provisions of Article 8(23A), will continue to claim the exemption, provided that they meet all the requirements.