SV Value-added tax (VAT) Rates El Salvador — Value-added tax (VAT)

General VAT Rate Other Rates Local Currency
13% 0% Colon (USD)

El Salvador's general VAT rate is 13%, with other rates including 0% that can apply to certain transactions. The Value-added tax (VAT) is administered by the Ministry of Treasury ( in San Salvador.

El Salvador's consumption tax is called the Value-added tax (VAT), locally known as Impuesto a la transferencia de bienes muebles y a la prestación de servicios (ITBMS), which was introduced in July 1992.

El Salvador VAT rates for 2024

Exempt and zero-rated

El Salvador VAT number format

Businesses in El Salvador that are required to collect tax will be issued an identification number. Tax identification numbers can be verified with the Ministry of Treasury, and will follow a certain format. The VAT number format is Taxpayer registry number (NRC).

El Salvador Vat return periods

Businesses in El Salvador that are required to collect tax from consumers must file regular tax returns with the Ministry of Treasury in San Salvador. El Salvador's Vat return periods are:


El Salvador Value-added tax (VAT) Thresholds

These are the revenue thresholds at which businesses in El Salvador are required to start collecting and remitting tax.

Annual turnover of USD5,714.29 or fixed assets of USD2,285.71

Recovery of VAT by non-established businesses

Non-established businesses are small, unincorporated businesses that sell taxable goods and may consist of a single individual, or several. In El Salvador, taxation of a non-established business is: No, unless the nonresident business has a registered legal or tax representative in El Salvador

El Salvador VAT Refunds

Many countries allow tourists, and others making purchases for export, to receive a VAT refund on exiting the country (or make purchases VAT free). While we don't have data on the El Salvador VAT refund program, more info can be obtained from the Ministry of Treasury.

SV Value-added tax (VAT) Rates El Salvador Tax Sources & Citations

  • EN: El Salvador Value Added Tax
  • RU: НДС
  • CN: 增值税
Note: This page is intended to be a simple overview of El Salvador's consumption tax structure, is provided as-is, and is not legal advice. Please let us know if any of the El Salvador tax information on this page is incorrect or out of date.
  1. El Salvador Ministry of Treasury (1)
  2. Ernst & Young global VAT tax study, El Salvador (updated 2024)

  3. ← Back to World VAT Rates
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