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Taxes in Croatia

Employer Contributions in Croatia

Social insurance

Employers contribute to social security through 16.5% health insurance. The social security contributions also cover work accident insurance, pension, family and maternity benefits.

Companies employing workers with no work experience or under the age of 30 with a permanent employment contract do not need to make health insurance contributions for one to five years, depending on the case.

Disabled workers

Companies with more than 20 employees must employ disabled individuals. The number of disabled employees depends on the number of employees, but it cannot be lower than 3% of the total number of employees.

Companies that do not comply with this requirement must pay a monthly fee amounting to 20% of the minimum salary for each disabled employee they are not employing.

Chamber of commerce contribution

Employers must pay a monthly fee to the chamber of commerce, which ranges from EUR 5 to EUR 527, depending on the company size.

Employee Contributions in Croatia

Residents of Croatia are subject to tax on their worldwide income (except if exempt under a double taxation agreement). In contrast, non-residents are subject to tax on the income generated only within the country. To be considered a resident, the person must spend more than 183 days in one or two calendar years in Croatia, own real estate, or have one at their disposal for more than 183 days in one or two years.

Staying in the real estate is not a determining factor. If the individual has real estate both in Croatia and abroad, they will be considered resident taxpayers in the country in which their family resides or, in case of no family, the country the person usually goes to work or is physically present. If the other country does not consider the person a resident taxpayer, they are seen as a Croatian resident taxpayer.

Croatian income tax 2024

Up to EUR 50,399 20
Over EUR 50,399 30


Couples cannot file taxes jointly and are treated as separate individuals for tax purposes.

Personal allowances

Personal allowances are non-taxable portions of income. Employees are entitled to a monthly allowance of EUR 530, which increases by EUR 232 if they have one child, EUR 332 for two and EUR 465 for three.

The government also provides income tax relief for specific age groups.

Municipal tax

Prior to 2024, Croatia operated a municipality tax, which was levied as surtax to the individual’s personal income tax liability. However as of 2024 that is now cancelled  and Croatia will switch to a municipality-based income tax rate system. The rate will range from 15% to 236% for income up to €50,400, and from 25% to 345% for income exceeding €50,400.

Social security

Social security contributions consist of pension contributions, which are withheld by the employer during payroll, at a rate of 20% of the employee’s gross income, capped at EUR 970 monthly and EUR 12,095 annually.

Personal Deduction

The basic personal deduction will increase from €53,090 to €56,000. The base for personal deduction increase will also change from €33,181 to €56,000. The percentage of personal deduction increase will change for family members or disability, with specific ratios and monthly increases outlined.

Tax-Free Allowance in Croatia

Personal monthly allowance

EUR 530

Monthly allowance for a dependent family member

EUR 232

Monthly allowance for dependent children

First: EUR 232 second: EUR 332; third: EUR 465

Monthly amounts for a disability of taxpayer, dependent family member or dependent child

EUR 132

Monthly amounts for a taxpayer, a dependent family member, or a dependent child if such individual (1) has 100% disability on one basis and/or (2) due to disability, is entitled to the assistance and care of others has 100% disability on one basis

EUR 498

Employment expenses

Benefit in Kind

Benefits in kind are seen as employment income and are taxed accordingly with the exception of the following:

  • Commute-to-work expenses as they would be if public transportation were used
  • National business trip allowance per diems (up to EUR 26) as well as travel and accommodation costs
  • International business trip allowance per diems (depending on a country) as well as travel and accommodation costs
  • A one-off EUR 1,327 payment for a newborn baby
  • Reimbursement of personal car use for business purposes (up to EUR 0.26 per kilometre)
  • Work performance rewards of up to EUR 664
  • One-off cash payments upon retirement (up to EUR 1,062)
  • Disability grant (up to EUR 332)
  • Cash benefit upon the death of an employee (up to EUR 995) or a close family member (up to EUR 398)
  • Occasional cash payments for (1) paid at holidays such as Christmas and Easter or (2) vacation (up to EUR 398)
  • Cash payments for children until they turn 15 (up to EUR 79)
  • Bonuses to employees for work anniversaries (caps apply)
  • Certain severance payments (caps apply)
  • Voluntary pension premiums covered by the employer (up to EUR 66 a month / EUR 796 a year)
  • Meal expense reimbursement up to EUR 1,592 a year (with invoices provided by an employee) and up to EUR 664 (without invoices)
  • Accommodation expenses reimbursement
  • Children’s pre-school education expenses reimbursement
  • Supplementary and additional health insurance premiums covered by the employer (up to EUR 332 a year)

If any of these benefits exceed the outlined limits, the difference is considered income and is subject to personal income tax, municipal tax, and employer’s and employee’s social security contributions.

Personal tax relief

Taxpayers up to 25 years old

Do not pay 100% of their annual tax liability arising in connection with the portion of their income from employment in the 20% tax band.

Taxpayers between 26 and 30 years old

Do not pay 50% of their annual tax liability arising in connection with the portion of their income from employment in the 20% tax band.

Pension recipients

Do not pay 50% of their annual tax liability arising in connection with the pension benefit.

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