RRA advises music promoters on paying taxes from foreign artistes

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 18 November 2019 at 05:17

Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) has picked interest in the entertainment industry and has advised events organizers and promoters that invite foreign artists for shows to get prepared to pay appropriate taxes for them.

During a consultative meeting between promoters, RRA staff, and artistes, it was emphasized that artistes should understand workings and why they should pay.

RRA has assured that the majority of Rwandan artists now understand tax mechanisms and regimes and are now embarking on working with promoters that ship in international artists to ensure that they are, too, taxed.

Taxing international artistes

RRA representative, Innocent Kayitana told IGIHE that normally there are two types of taxes concerning foreign artistes.

“They are to pay 18 % of VAT and 15% tax on profit. This means that the total tax on their income is 33%,” he said.

Kayitana added that this has to always be categorically well stated in contracts drawn between the artist and the promoter, failure of which the cost eats into the organizers’ profits.

In the past, international artistes have been coming to Rwanda, entertain revelers and get paid, leaving with all their pay without benefiting the economy

RRA representative, Innocent Kayitana told IGIHE that normally there are two types of taxes concerning foreign artistes.
RRA has assured that the majority of Rwandan artists now understand tax mechanisms and regimes

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