Beliz is gearing up to welcome more retirees through a new law which gives tax and residency breaks to qualified retirees age 45 and older. The Retired Persons Incentive Act passed by the Belize legislature in early 1999 is now in force and being implemented by the Belize Tourism Board. The program, which resembles the formerly popular but now defunct pensionado program in Costa Rica, is designed to attract more retirees to Belize.
For those who can show the required monthly income from investments or pensions, it offers benefits of official residency and tax-free entry of the retiree's household goods and a car, boat and even an airplane.
All Qualified Retired Persons must adhere to the general procedures cited by the Customs
Department for the clearing of all personal and household effects including ‘Mode of
Qualified Retired Persons are not allowed to seek employment or work for pay while in this
program or in Belize.
Qualified Retired Persons within this program must inform the Belize Tourism Board regarding
any changes stated on the application form. Failure to do so may result in the revocation of
Qualified Retired Persons must adhere to all existing laws of Belize, in addition to the Retired
Persons (Incentives) (Amendment) Act, 2001.
All benefits provided by this program will be exclusively used by the Qualified Retired Persons
and his or her dependants.
The Belize Tourism Board has the authority to carry out any investigation with respect to the
validity of any document provided by the applicant under this program.
Participants within this program must inform the Belize Tourism Board prior to leaving the
country indefinitely so that the assets purchased under this program can be liquidated.
All documents presented to the Belize Tourism Board become the property of the Board.
The applicant must not have any criminal matters with the law at the time of application.
Applicants must present a listing with all the necessary information with regards to his or her
dependants. If the applicant has a dependant over eighteen and in school, then he or she must
present a proof of enrollment from that institution.
Qualified Retired Persons must submit a yearly local bank statement showing compliance with
the financial requirements of the program.
Qualified Retired Persons must spend an equivalent of one month in Belize annually to maintain
their status as a Retiree Resident.
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