Tax In Qatar

A Contractor’s Guide to Taxes :

One of the most consistently challenging aspects of contracting in Qatar is keeping up to date with the country’s tax system. Currently, no tax is imposed on employment income and only income from a business is taxable.

As well as paying tax in Qatar, you might also still be eligible to pay some tax in your home country. Understanding and keeping up to date with changes in the legislation behind this can be a challenge.

How do I calculate my taxable income:

Income from a business is taxable in Qatar, meaning if you are self-employed, you are required to file and pay taxes.

Do you know much about Qatari Tax Law? Does Qatar have a tax treaty with your home country? You will need to find out or find someone who can help!

Tax Calculator:

If you are a contractor and want a calculation on your tax and net retention in Qatar, we can supply it to you free of charge.

Using an Umbrella Company for Income Tax :

Contractors in Qatar are faced with masses of paperwork and numerous wasted hours filing a tax return unless they find an alternative option. A Qatari umbrella company can act as your employer during your stay in the country whilst still allowing you the freedom of a contractor. The only difference is that you submit your timesheets to them; they’ll calculate and pay your taxes as you earn, and then you receive a net wage (as well as documentation for your records).

The companies are experts in Qatari taxation, and they’ll ensure that you keep the largest proportion of your earnings whilst complying with local laws. They can deal with any issues with the Qatari tax office or tax department directly including processing your tax refund if you are eligible.

How We Can Help You with Tax:

We work with numerous umbrella companies in Qatar, many of whom are experts in tax and immigration laws. If you have any questions about tax in Qatar, we’ll get the answers from them directly so you can rest assured you’ll be getting accurate information. We have comprehensive knowledge of the different services they provide, and can help you find the right company to handle your income tax. We help oil and gas workers, software developers, IT project managers, testers, business analysts and telecommunications contractors get tax efficient payments and sponsorship for their Qatari work permit.

Our advice is 100 percent free, and comes with no obligations. You will be paying taxes in Qatar but without the overhead of directly dealing with the Qatari tax authorities. Get in touch with us today for some reliable advice on tax in Qatar!

When Do You Need to Lodge Your Tax Return?:
N/A
Tax Filing Deadline :
N/A
Can you file it online? :
Yes, https://www.mof.gov.qa/en/MinistryProjects/Pages/TAS-project.aspx
Currency:
Qatari Rial (QAR)
Tax-free Threshold in:
N/A
How long does it take to set up:
8.5-9.5 days
How much does it cost:
QAR14,870; QAR24 for the first 2 shareholders + QAR9 for each additional shareholder; QAR500-5,000 (Commercial Registration); QAR50 per sq. m (signage license)
Is it easy? :
Starting a Business Rank: 89/190 (Source: World Bank)
How to File Taxes in:

There are no taxes on employment income in Qatar. Taxes on business income can be filed on the Qatari Ministry of Finance’s Tax Administration System here(link is external).

Does the 183 day rule apply in:

Yes

When do you become a tax resident in:

You become a tax resident in Qatar when:

  • You have a permanent home in Qatar;
  • You have been in Qatar for more than 183 consecutive or separate days during any 12-month period;
  • Your centre of vital interests is in Qatar; or
  • You have a valid residence permit issued by the registry.

Residency is irrelevant for income tax purposes.

Am I taxed on my global income in:

You are not taxed on your global income in Qatar.

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