Global Solution Summary Sample

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Solution Summary for The Philippines
Work Permits, Business Visas, Management Companies, Payroll, Tax.

Work Permits

Is it possible for a foreign national to be sponsored on a Work Permit? Yes
Can a management company sponsor Work Permits for foreigner? Yes
How long does it take to get a Work Permit? 6-9 weeks
What is the work permit process? 2 permits are required - Alien Employment Permit and the 9G Working Visa. As long as the candidate has an entry stamp for The Philippines process can be done in or out of country
What documentation is required for a work permit? n/a
What is the cost of a Work Permit? $2500-$3500 USD depending on length required
Can you transfer from a Business Visa to a Work Permit? Yes
What is the minimum salary required per month when a candidate is sponsored on a Work Permit? $3500 USD per month

Business Visas

Can we organise business visas? Yes
How long does it take to process a business visa? 5-10 days
What is the cost of a Business Visa? $300 USD
Can nationals of certain countries enter without a Business Visa (for example, on an entry visa or visa waiver)? Yes

Management Companies

What is the monthly cost of using a management company? 7% of the gross invoice with a min of $300 USD per month
What is the estimated net retention for an assignee earning USD 200,000 per year? 0.75


How does payroll work for employers of foreign nationals? Tax and Social Security deducted at source. Note foreigners do not pay Social Security. A 13 month payment is also required for locals
What is the monthly cost to outsource payroll? $250 USD per person


WHT for Dividends 15%/30%
WHT for Interest 20%
WHT for Royalties 30%
WHT for Technical Services 30%
WHT for Branch Remittances 15%
Notes on WHT  
Country specific taxes 0
Corporate Tax 0.3 (10% for regional operating HQ)
Individual tax 5–32% plus 3.33% employees social security / insurance with a cap at PHP 1,590 per month
Payroll Tax Employers social security / insurance contributions are 7.07% 
VAT/GST/Sales Tax 12% (certain sales are zero-rated)
(in some cases, foreign investors are zero-rated)
Currency PHP
Tax payments per year 47
Tax time per year (hours) 195
Rank 129