Turkey Tax Articles & Analysis

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Although the size of Turkey’s unregistered economy has diminished in recent years, it remains a major challenge for the country’s policymakers. To address this issue, the Revenue Administration (RA) has developed a five-point action plan that aims to boost volunteer contributions, improve government auditing capabilities, strengthen the deterrent effect of sanctions,...

Chapter | Tax from The Report: Turkey 2013

Featuring the viewpoint of Emre Burçkin, Chairman of the Board of OBG partner, Consulta, this chapter contains information about Turkey’s tax system, designed to aid those interested in doing business in the republic.

At an average of 5.1% between 2003 and 2012, Turkey has experienced one of the world’s highest growth rates over the past decade. This was accompanied by drops in joblessness and poverty, as well as gains in school enrolment, home ownership and life expectancy. 

The present Commercial Code – the basic law governing companies – has been in force since 1957 almost without modification. Its replacement has now been enacted and comes into force in stages. The first main stage is expected to be implemented on July 1, 2012.

RESIDENCE: Residents are fully liable under the Turkish tax system: that is, they pay taxes based on their worldwide income. Non-residents have limited liability and are subject to tax on their business earnings derived in Turkey.

Over the course of 2011, Turkey saw a significant increase in deal transactions, both numerically and in terms of volume, and the outlook for the remainder of 2012 is very positive indeed. Some 74% of the deals in 2011, by value, involved foreign investors, representing a significant recovery from 2010, when only 36% of deals involved an...