Lithuania as seen during a recent on-site survey. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Oscar Rasson.
Country Tax Update: Lithuania
Major tax reform has been implemented in Lithuania for 2019. One goal of the changes is to shift the tax burden from employers to employees. Employer contributions to social security have been substantially reduced.
Employee contributions to social security have increased from 9% uncapped to 19.5% partially capped. Individual income tax rates have increased from a flat 15% to a progressive tax rate schedule with rates ranging from 20% to 27%.
What is the net effect of these tax changes?
The net effect of these changes is a material increase in tax and social security for all incomes. A new labor law rule has been implemented in coordination with the tax changes. Because tax reform shifts the tax burden from employer to employees, a statutory increase in gross salaries is required to offset the increased tax and social contribution costs. Salaries must be increased by 28.9% effective January 1, 2019. For example, a salary of EUR 100,000 must be increased to EUR 128,900.
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