New income tax exemptions for employment income circular

Further to our previous post, the Cypriot Income Tax Law was amended for certain income tax exemptions with respect to employment income. The amended law was voted in the context of the Government’s strategy to attract and retain foreign talent to Cyprus.

The Cypriot tax office issued a circular Νο. 10/2022 clarifying the application of the new law.

First employment

One major clarification of the circular is the term first employment and specifies that an individual is not considered to have a first employment or ceases to be considered to have a first employment in the following cases:

  1. when at any time in the past he/she had performed salaried services in the Republic, which did not constitute occasional employment.
  2. when he/she terminates the first employment contract and enters into a new employment contract with another employer. In case the other employer is a member of the same consolidated group for accounting purposes, it is considered that the individual maintains his first employment.
  3. when he/she has a second or more employments with other employers that run parallel to the first employment. In such a case, the exemption will be granted only on the remuneration from the first employment.

In case the other employers are members of the same consolidated group for accounting purposes as the first employer, it is considered that the specific employments also constitute first employment and the exemption is also granted on the remuneration from these other employment/s.

It is noted that “occasional employment” is interpreted as any full-time or part-time employment exercised in the Republic either:

  • under a contract, of a total duration (including any renewals and periods during which the individual could have performed his duties outside the Republic) not exceeding 120 days, or
  • without a contract and the total duration of the employment does not exceed 120 days.

It is also specified that the probationary period that may be provided for in employment contracts, constitutes part of the relevant employment.

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