Saudi Arabia Waters Down Expat Worker Fees

By Editorial 27 June, 2014

Saudi Arabia's Council of Ministers revealed on June 23, 2014, its decision to ease the levy on businesses employing expat workers.

Under the new measure, companies with nine or fewer employees will be able to hire up to four foreign workers without having to pay the annual SAR2,400 (USD640) fee per expatriate worker.

The tax break is intended to give a boost to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and will reportedly benefit about 900,000 companies.

The Council also decided to grant an exemption from the expat tax to foreign workers married to Saudis, and to their children.

From November 2012, the Saudi government began imposing a monthly SAR200 levy on companies for each expat worker on their books. Local business leaders criticized the measure.

Tags: Expatriates | Tax | Business | Saudi Arabia | Employees | Services | Expats |


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