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Saturday, January 21, 2017

DEBATE ON 6% TAX ON EXPAT REMITTANCES IN SAUDI ARABIA, SET TO BEGIN


The debate on the proposed 6 percent tax on the remittances of expatriate in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is set to begin this week.  According to Saudi Gazette, The Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia or The Shura Council will study the said proposal with an aim to help lessen the huge budget deficit of the Kingdom.   The program targets to increase the country’s non-oil revenue collection.  The proposal was made by Hussam Al-Anqari, former chief of the General Auditing Bureau (GAB).




The debate on the proposed 6 percent tax on the remittances of expatriate in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is set to begin this week.

According to Saudi Gazette, The Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia or The Shura Council will study the said proposal with an aim to help lessen the huge budget deficit of the Kingdom.


The program targets to increase the country’s non-oil revenue collection.

The proposal was made by Hussam Al-Anqari, former chief of the General Auditing Bureau (GAB).




It has been approved by the Shoura’s financial committee and will be put before the general assembly for discussion.

What's in the proposal?

1. A 6% tax will be charged on the amount of remittances of expats in the first year. But gradually the fees will be reduced.


2. The collected funds from expat's tax will be deposited at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA).

3. There is also a recommendation to put ceiling on cash an expatriate could keep or carry with him when he makes a final exit in the Kingdom.

Anqari said, this proposal is meant to encourage expatriates to spend money in the Kingdom to help the economy.

Anqari added that this will encourage foreign nationals to invest more in the Kingdom.


According to Saudi Central Bank data, roughly 10 million foreign workers transferred $9.4 billion to their home countries in the third quarter of 2016.

These expat remittances have gone up from SR57 billion in 2004 to SR135 billion in 2013.


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On the other hand, expatriate workers in Saudi Arabia express concern regarding the burden of the proposed 6 percent tax.

Some Filipinos in the Kingdom said this will have a big impact on their remittances to the Philippines, especially for those who are earning just enough.




Indian workers are also worried about the result of the discussion.

Indian expatriate comprises the 20 percent of the total workforce in private sector in Saudi Arabia.


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Monday, January 02, 2017

NEW FEES FOR OFWS AND OTHER EXPATRIATES IN SAUDI ARABIA



If you are an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) or an expat working in Saudi Arabia and you are working hard for your family, this 2017, you must work even  harder.
An "expat levy" will be introduced this year and it is already been approved during the budget announcement.

Currently, the companies who are hiring more expat workers is required to pay SR200 for every expat employed in their company. This year, they will start to pay the amount of SR800 and up  for every expat they hire.


This is to ensure that the companies based in Saudi Arabia will hire more of their citizen over OFWs and expats from other companies, giving employment to Saudi locals.
The said levy will gradually increase from this year onwards.
For the companies who are hiring more Saudis over expats, the fee will not be applied.

It will not only be a burden to expats but also for their dependents. Effective July 2017, SR100 for expat dependents will be implemented.


“There are two kinds of fees, the first is according to the number of family members an expat has in return for utilities used… this minimal amount will increase gradually every year, the second is already imposed on companies which employ expat workers; this will increase gradually as well until 2020, "  Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jaddan said.














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