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Expats are likely to find that banking, money and taxes in Angola can be a little disorientating. While working in the country, expats will probably have to get used to new ways of receiving payment, conducting their banking affairs and paying taxes.
Money in Angola
The country’s currency is the Kwanza (Kz or AOA), which is divided into 100 centimos.
The following denominations are available:
Notes: 5 AOA, 10 AOA, 50 AOA, 100 AOA, 200 AOA, 500 AOA, 2,000 AOA and 5,000 AOA
Coins: 1 AOA, 2 AOA and 5 AOA
Banking in Angola
In the past, most expats preferred to maintain foreign accounts only and have their salary paid into that account. As of late 2020, all workers from abroad are obliged to have a local bank account for their earnings to be paid into. Account holders may then transfer the money to another account, such as their overseas bank account, or they can convert the currency if they wish.
Opening a bank account as a foreign worker requires extensive documentation including the account holder’s passport, work permit, employment contract and residence card or visa.
Not all ATMs in Angola allow access to offshore accounts – and when they do, fraud concerns are present and the charges are exorbitant. Expats are probably better off using their local account.
Credit and debit cards
A few hotels and restaurants accept foreign credit cards in Angola, but most places don’t. Expats should reconsider using credit or debit cards in Angola, since safeguards against identity theft aren’t always sufficient. If having to use cards, expats should be vigilant in checking balances online and making sure all debits reflected in statements are accounted for.
Taxes in Angola
Income tax in Angola is calculated on a progressive scale from zero to 17 percent. Only locally earned income is subject to tax, regardless of whether expats are considered residents for tax purposes or not. This means that foreigners do not have to pay tax on money earned outside of Angola, even if they live there permanently.
Nevertheless, tax can be a complicated issue, especially when there is more than one country involved, so we recommend hiring a tax advisor, preferably one familiar with expat taxes.