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What is an Aguinaldo in Mexico?

12 Dec 2018

Category: Labor & Economics, Manufacturing in Mexico

An aguinaldo is a law mandated Christmas bonus provided to all employees in Mexico by their employers that is meant to cover the extra holiday expenses. Mexico’s Federal Labor Law states that all employees from domestic workers to higher-ups are entitled to the aguinaldo Christmas bonus.

Calculating Mexico’s Aguinaldo Christmas Bonus

The aguinaldo is paid based on 15 days worth of wages if the employee has been with the company for a year. If the employee has worked less than a year, the amount is prorated. The aguinaldo for employees who have worked over a year is calculated by dividing the monthly gross wages by 30 days to get the daily rate. That daily rate is then multiplied by 15 to total the 15 day aguinaldo.



The aguinaldo is subject to income tax if it surpasses a certain amount, in this case, the employer is expected to withhold and submit the tax as a usual wage.


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