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Labor Laws in Antigua and Barbuda

  • Annual Leave: 12 days
  • Maternity Leave: 13 weeks
  • Public Holidays: 12
  • Workweek: Maximum of 48 hours per week.
  • Overtime: Overtime is paid at 150% of the basic wage per hour.

Income Tax in Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda do not levy income tax on individuals.

Value Added Tax (VAT) in Antigua and Barbuda

Taxable activities for purposes of the Antigua and Barbuda sales tax are sales of goods or supplies of services within Antigua and Barbuda and the import of goods.

The standard rate has been increased to 17%, with a reduced rate of 12.5% for hotels.

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Social Security in Antigua and Barbuda

At the end of each pay period, contributions must be deducted from employees’ wages/salaries. For private-sector workers, the contribution rate is 15% of insurable earnings. Employees pay 6.5%, and employers pay 8.5%.

For public-sector workers, the contribution rate is 14.5%. Employees pay 5.5%, and employers pay 8.5%.

The maximum annual insurable earnings is $78,000 ($6,500 per month; $3,000 per fortnight; or $1,500 per week.)

Work Visas Antigua and Barbuda

Here is work visa information for Antigua and Barbuda, download our guide for an extensive breakdown.

If an international worker is recruited, the employer must make an application for a work permit and pay a substantial, non-refundable fee. 

The prospective employee must supply identification, health, and criminal record evidence and also provide substantial proof that they followed the correct procedure.

They must show evidence that they advertised and interviewed in the area and that they had good reason not to select any of the local applicants who came forward.

This means if the job is low-skilled and doesn’t require specialist qualifications, the work permit is unlikely to be successful.

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