A photo of an alpaca in Sajama National Park in Bolivia, where businesses must adhere to financial regulatory compliance

Financial regulatory compliance in Bolivia: a guide

If you are looking to enter the Bolivian market or expand already existing operations, you will need to make sure your company meets all aspects of financial regulatory compliance in Bolivia. This is a key aspect of corporate compliance and is a fundamental part of any corporate secretarial services package offered by back office services providers. Corporate secretarial services are widely referred to by the abbreviation ‘cosec.’

However, if you will be seeking a broader range of support, including recruitment, visa processing, and ongoing administrative and operational assistance, you may find that a dedicated provider of back office services for financial regulatory compliance in Bolivia is your best bet.

Read on to learn more about financial regulatory compliance in Bolivia, or contact us to find out how we can support you with company formation in Bolivia, or any of the other 17 markets in Latin America and the Caribbean where we have offices.

We recognize the challenges inherent in adapting to the new legislation, especially when it comes to complying with corporate obligations. In order to simplify this process, Biz Latin Hub has designed the following Annual Fiscal Compliance calendar.
Financial regulatory compliance in Bolivia: calendar dates

Why invest in Bolivia?

Bolivia is not generally the first name that springs to mind when thinking of investing in Latin America. But the country is full of untapped opportunities and has had strong economic growth since the turn of the century.

Bolivia market snapshot infographic highlighting financial regulatory compliance in Bolivia. Includes flag of Bolivia and key data: population of 12.3 million, GDP of USD $44 billion, GDP per capita (PPP) of USD $10,340, capital city Sucre, and major exports — petroleum gas, gold, zinc ore, and soybean oil. Based on 2022 World Bank Data.

Historically, Bolivia’s hydrocarbon deposits have been a major draw for investment. The country sits on 10.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves, and more than 240 million barrels of proven crude oil reserves. It also has significant deposits of lithium, ores, and precious metals.

Bolivia possesses abundant non-renewable natural resources, including raw mining materials, natural gas, and hydrocarbons, making them key contributors to the country’s economy. The current major exports include zinc, silver, lead, and tin, with significant untapped lithium deposits offering further potential for growth.

Also of interest to many investors is the fact that Bolivia is a founding member of the Comunidad Andina (Andean Community) – a regional association that also includes Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, and has been implementing a series of measures that deepen economic integration and are beneficial for business.

Initial obligations for new companies

To achieve full financial regulatory compliance in Bolivia, a company must complete a number of initial steps, including the following:

Obtain a Tax Identification Number (NIT): A crucial aspect of Bolivia’s corporate compliance is holding a NIT. It must be assigned before the company can begin doing business, and will be used for identification for all financial matters. The NIT is obtained when the company registers with the national tax service.

Obtain a trade registration number: Any company operating in Bolivia must also have a trade registration number, and renew it annually.

Obtain a company operating license: Companies must obtain an operating license, the details of which vary based on the business activity and location of the company. For example, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s industrial heartland, a company must be granted an environmental permit before it can receive an operating license.

Register a legal address: All entities in Bolivia must have a registered legal address, to which official correspondences will be directed. 

Appointment of a legal representative: Any company registered in the country must also have a legal representative in Bolivia, who will act on behalf of the legal entity in order to carry out certain procedures and formalities. Legal representatives must meet the following criteria:

  • Be of legal age (18 years or older)
  • Be a natural person or a foreign national with a Bolivian identity card
  • Have legal residence status in Bolivia
  • Have the documentation that supports their designation as a legal representative of a legal entity

Obtain a municipal business license and a municipal registration card: In the complex process of establishing a business, the phases that demand the most time and attention are acquiring a municipal business license and a municipal registration card (Padrón Municipal).

In order to simplify processes, Biz Latin Hub has designed the following Annual Legal calendar as a concise representation of the fundamental responsibilities that every company must attend to in Costa Rica.
Financial regulatory compliance in Bolivia means taking note of certain dates

Key responsibilities and dates

While some aspects of financial regulatory compliance in Bolivia will depend on the legal structure of your company, the following obligations are generally applicable:

Annual General Meeting (AGM): At least one AGM must be held annually to approve the company’s financial statements in the past year. The AGM must be held within 120 days of the close of the fiscal year, which varies by industry:

  • Industrial and oil companies: March 31
  • Agricultural companies: June 30
  • Mining companies: September 30
  • Banks and professional services: December 31

For example, banks and professional services providers must hold an AGM before the end of April.

Presentation of financial statements: Another requirement for corporate compliance in Bolivia is presenting the company’s financial statements to the national tax authority. This must also be undertaken 20 days before the end of the fiscal year.

Upkeep of company books: An important aspect of financial regulatory compliance in Bolivia, is the proper upkeep of the company books, and the inclusion of information related to shareholders. This will be covered by any audit.

Renewal of trade registration number: Each year, companies must renew their Trade Registration Number before the SEPREC Office. The deadline for renewal depends on the business activity:

  • Mining companies: February 28
  • Banks and professional services: May 31
  • Industrial and oil companies: August 31
  • Agricultural companies: November 30

Renewal of company operating license: The company operating license must be renewed on an annual basis, with discounts offered to companies that clear the payment in a timely manner.

Monthly tax declarations: Certain taxes, such as VAT and transaction tax (TT) must be declared on a monthly basis. In Bolivia, VAT is generally set at 13%, while TT is applied to any person with an income and is set at 3%.

Annual tax declaration: All companies must make an annual tax declaration following the close of the financial year, and pay a business profit tax (BPT), set at 25% of net profits.

A graphic titled "Legal Entities Bolivia" explains four company types: Joint stock company, Collective name company, Limited liability company (LLC), and Unipersonal company. Each type includes administration methods, capital requirements, and financial regulatory compliance in Bolivia. Contact details are at the bottom.
Financial regulatory compliance in Bolivia applies to these entity types.

Based on our extensive experience these are the common questions and doubts of our clients on regulatory compliance in Bolivia:

1. What are the common statutory appointments for a company in Bolivia?

– An appointed legal representative who will be personally liable, both legally and financially, for the good operation and standing of the company. This should be a local national or a foreigner with the right to live/work in the country.

2. Is a registered office address needed for a legal entity in Bolivia?

Yes, a registered local fiscal address is required for all entities in Bolivia for the receipt of legal correspondence and governmental visits.

3. What is the deadline for submitting a company’s annual income tax declaration in Bolivia?

4. When is the commercial registry renewed in Bolivia?

Each year, companies must renew their Trade Registration Number before the SEPREC Office, with deadlines for renewal based on the business activity. For example:

  • Mining companies: February 28th
  • Banks and professional services: May 31st
  • Industrial and oil companies: August 31st
  • Agricultural companies: November 30th

5. When must a general meeting of shareholders be held in Bolivia?

At least one AGM must be held per year to approve the company’s last year of financial statements, with the date of the AGM dependent on when the fiscal year closes, which varies by activity. The deadline for this is before 120 days following the closure of the fiscal year.

Biz Latin Hub can help with financial regulatory compliance in Bolivia

Biz Latin Hub is a professional services company providing integrated market entry and back office services throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, with offices in 16 major cities around the region.

As such, we specialize in multi-jurisdiction market entries and operational support, including the likes of cross border tax planning.

Our portfolio of services includes accounting & taxation, company formation, corporate legal services, and hiring & PEO, among others, meaning we have the expertise and personnel to effectively assist you with financial regulatory compliance in Bolivia.

Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you.

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The information provided here within should not be construed as formal guidance or advice. Please consult a professional for your specific situation. Information provided is for informative purposes only and may not capture all pertinent laws, standards, and best practices. The regulatory landscape is continually evolving; information mentioned may be outdated and/or could undergo changes. The interpretations presented are not official. Some sections are based on the interpretations or views of relevant authorities, but we cannot ensure that these perspectives will be supported in all professional settings.
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