Serbia first implemented its flat tax on personal income, set at 14%, in 2003 (the corporate rate was set at 10%, at which level it still remains). On March 23, 2010, the Serbian Parliament approved amendments to the Personal Income Tax Law. Details are as follows:
Individuals pay 12% on wages and salary income.
The capital gains tax is 10%, reduced from 20%.
The tax rate on income from dividends is 10%, reduced from 20%.
The tax rate on income from insurance is 10%, reduced from 20%.
The tax rate on a self-employed person is 10%, except a special rate of 15% is charged on self-employed income exceeding 6 times the average annual salary, after deducting exemptions. (Only the self-employed are subject to the 5% surcharge.) Salaried and self-employed receive an exemption on all income up to 3 times the average annual salary.
The 10% tax rate applies to income up to Serbian Dinars 3,288,528. (US$1 = SRD 80.98) Thus the 15% rate only takes effect on annual income exceeding $54,148. Average gross annual salary is $6,620.40. Only a very small portion of the population, and even among the self-employed, pay the surcharge.
Resident foreign nationals and Serbian citizens are subject to the same rates and enjoy the same exemptions.