Decoding Paradise🌴

Decoding Paradise🌴

As you embark on this journey, it's essential to navigate the nuances of property ownership, and one key aspect to grasp is the realm of property taxes. Today, we unravel the intricacies of property taxes in Aruba, offering you a comprehensive guide to make informed decisions in your tropical real estate venture.


  1. Property Tax Basics in Aruba:

In Aruba, “property taxes are a fundamental aspect of property ownership. These taxes contribute to the island's infrastructure, public services, and community development”. Understanding the basics is crucial for a seamless and transparent real estate experience (Department of Public Taxes Aruba, 2023)


  1. Determining Property Value:

Property taxes in Aruba are calculated based on the assessed value of the property. The Department of Public Taxes conducts regular evaluations to determine the current value of real estate. This assessed value serves as the foundation for calculating property taxes. 


  1. Annual Property Tax Rates:

Aruba employs a progressive tax rate system for residential properties, with rates ranging from 0.2% to 0.6% of the assessed value. Commercial properties may have a separate tax rate. It's important to be aware of these rates to anticipate and plan for your annual property tax obligations.


  1. Payment Frequency:

Property taxes in Aruba are typically paid annually. Property owners receive a tax assessment notice, detailing the assessed value and the corresponding tax amount. Payments are due within a specified period, providing property owners with a clear timeline for fulfilling their tax obligations.If you haven't received a property tax assessment and you do own a property, it means your property is not registered with the Tax Department. We  invite you to register your property at the customer service of the Tax Department. 


To do this, you’ll need the following documents from the Cadaster: 

  • A survey
  • Site plan
  • Cadastral number
  • C-number.

Failure to register your property may result in a fine that can be up to 100% of the assessment amount.

  1. Exemptions and Deductions:

Aruba offers certain exemptions and deductions that can impact your property tax liabilities. For instance, primary residences may qualify for tax relief, and there are exemptions for newly constructed properties. Familiarizing yourself with these opportunities can lead to potential savings (“Aruba Tax Incentives and Exemptions”, The Department of Public Taxes, 2023).


  1. Engage with Local Authorities:

Navigating property taxes can be simplified by engaging with the Department of Public Taxes in Aruba. This is a valuable resource, providing information, clarifications, and assistance regarding property tax matters. 


Navigating property taxes becomes not just an obligation but an empowered choice, allowing you to fully enjoy the paradise that is Aruba while contributing to the island's continued growth and prosperity.


Please feel free to explore their website for more information: 

Woning | Departamento di Impuesto

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