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Incentive Legislation

In Tunisia exist the protection of property rights, including financial assets

The Tunisian Economy is characterized by deep liberalization, and a more sustained competitiveness combined with an incentive regulatory and fiscal framework.

Since the early 70s, Tunisia has set up a regulatory framework for investment that provides :

Freedom of capital and dividend repatriation.
Tax incentives.
Investment subsidies.
Special incentives for regional development zones.
Coverage of social contributions.
Coverage of vocational training.
A coverage of infrastructure spending.
Benefits granted to support investment.

Tunisia is also now a part of UE convention UE 108

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Investment regulation

700 tnd per annum for 7 years for fresh graduates employment 30% of foreign employees for 3 years of operation (10% afterward)
5,000 tnd per fresh graduate employment for onboarding training Social security employer tax exemption for fresh graduates employment for 3years (16,57% of gross salary)
Covers the cost of certificates when needed Investment incentive up to 15% of total investment with a max of 1 mil tnd (after acceptance from commission, mostly in R&D)
Include the incumbent in the national and international events organized with or paid by ST (exposure) Contribution in share capital up to 60% for project under 2 mil tnd and 30% for above, mostly for expansion programs
Focal point with other agencies

START UP ACT is a national initiative to encourage innovation, creativity and make Tunisia a perfect
place in the MENA region and Africa for startups to grow easily.

Start Up Act Incentive

Strong Start-Up Portal

A start-up portal to solicit the Startup label that has associated benefits.
The portal has evolved to integrate other operations to facilitate the administrative operations of companies.

Taxes and financial incentives

Startups benefit, during the period of validity of the Startup label, from the exemption from corporation tax and the assumption by the State of employers' and employees' contributions to the statutory social security scheme which are imputed from the resources of the National Employment Fund.
Any enterprise has the right to open a special foreign currency account which is freely nurtured with capital, equity, with turnovers and foreign currency dividends.

Freedom To Invest

Startups have the ability to invest, freely and without authorization, for the creation of tangible and intangible assets, transactions abroad and participations in companies abroad.

Tech Facilities

The ceiling of the technological card (CTI) is raised to 100 k DT / year for startups.
Startups are considered as economic operators regarding the Customs Code.
Startups are exempted from the approval and technical inspection procedures of the CERT (Center for Studies and Research in Telecommunications) for import activities.

Two Main Legal Advantages

That are ripe for investors
Freedom to Invest.
Foreigners can freely invest in all sectors under the Investment Incentives Law when the activity is totally exporting. They can thus hold up to 100 % of the project capital without authorization.
Simple Incorporation Procedures
In order to facilitate the settlement procedures of foreign investors, Tunisia relies on the existence of clear, open and transparent procedures to ensure fair and impartial treatment of investors enabling signifi- cant savings in time and cost.

To this end, Tunisia provides foreign investors with a one-stop-shop gathering all administrative and legal procedures necessary for the legal incorporation of a company.

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