Umbrella Company in Algeria

Independent contracting in Algeria isn’t always straightforward. You’ve got immigration issues, tax difficulties, and mountains of complex admin work. Even worse, missteps can cost you serious money, or even land you in legal trouble.

Before you consider taking a contract in Algeria, you should be aware of what you’re getting into – and how you can make it simpler

Difficulties of Contracting in Algeria

Generally, you need to have an employer sponsor in order to secure the appropriate work permit and work visa for Algeria.

If you’re working independently, it can be difficult to find clients willing to sponsor you. Moreover, even if your client can do this, you’ll need a new sponsor each time you decide to take on a new contract. Of course, every new sponsor will mean more paperwork.

Also, are you familiar with the intricacies of the tax system in Algeria, as well as your own country’s laws on overseas earnings? If so, good on you!

However, if you’re like the rest of us, figuring out (much less reducing) your tax liability in Algeria and your home country can seem like full-time work in itself.

How Umbrella Companies Work

Most freelance workers aren’t superheroes who successfully tackle these issues all on their own. There are companies who specialise in helping workers make the most out of their contracts.

They’re called Umbrella Companies (or, contractor management companies).

Basically, an Umbrella Company acts as your full-time employer, even though you maintain your independence as a contractor. They collect and filter payments from your clients, filtering out the necessary social security and fees. You send them your timesheets, and they send you payments.

Because they act as your “employer,’ they can sponsor you and provide a single work permit for multiple contracts in Algeria. Even better, most are experts in Algeria and expat tax law, meaning they’ll also help you optimise your earnings in Algeria.

Although the Umbrella Company is technically your “employer,” you’re essentially freeing yourself to work even more independently. You still dictate your contracts, your hours, your schedule. The Umbrella Company simply filters out the time-consuming admin and immigration issues, allowing you to focus on your new contract.

Why Use an Umbrella Company in Algeria

Most people want to do their work, earn their money and enjoy their spare time without taking on loads of admin in a new country. That is why an umbrella company can help.

When you’re working through an Umbrella Company, you’ll essentially be outsourcing the admin and tax issues to specialists.

While the umbrella company will charge a fee, you’ll likely end up saving more money in the long run: you’ll be able to focus on your work, expertly reduce your tax liability, and comply with all laws and regulations in Algeria (which means avoiding fees, fines, or even worse penalties).

How We Can Help You

There’s a huge variety of Umbrella Companies with different specialities and advantages in Algeria. How do you find the right one for your circumstances?

We work closely with Umbrella Companies all throughout Algeria and match contractors with the right company for them. If you’ve already secured a contract in Algeria, we can help you find your best match (for free). Or, we can simply give you feedback on your situation (for free). 


A Contractor's Guide to Taxes in Algeria

One of the most consistently challenging aspects of contracting in Algeria is complying with the country’s tax system. As well as paying tax in Algeria, you might also still be eligible to pay some tax in your home country, and understanding the legislation behind this can be a challenge. 

How do I calculate my taxable income in Algeria

If you’re working in Algeria under a permanent contract, many employers will handle your tax under the PAYE (pay-as-you-earn) system. This means that they calculate and process your taxes in Algeria for you and then send you a net wage. Your income tax, public health insurance, social security and other deductions will all be covered by this payment. This is the easiest way to handle your income tax in Algeria, but contractors may not be offered this service because of their short stay with each employer.

Anybody who can’t pay their tax in Algeria through PAYE is left with the prospect of doing everything themselves.

Do you know much about Algerian Tax Law? Does Algeria have a tax treaty with your home country? You will need to find out or find someone who can help! Income tax in Algeria can range from 0 to 35% percent, and you need to be sure you are placed in the correct tax brackets.

Tax Filing in Algeria

When Do You Need to Lodge Your Tax Return?After the end of the financial year (31 December)
Tax Filing Deadline30 April
Can you file it online?No

How to File Taxes in Algeria

Note: A tax return is not required to be submitted if the taxpayer’s only source of income was employment income.

If a taxpayer receives personal income in addition to their remuneration, they must file an annual tax return by submitting a G1 form. 

Tax Figures in Algeria

CurrencyAlgerian Dinar (DZD)
Tax-free Threshold in Algeria120,000 DZD
Income Tax Rates
Grossed Income Tax Rate (%)
Up to 120,000 0%
From 120,001 to 360,000 20%
From 360,001 to 1,440,000 30%
Over 1,440,000 35%

Income tax is imposed at progressive rates up to 35% on amounts exceeding DZD 1.44million per annum. 

Tax Residency in Algeria

When do you become a tax resident in Algeria

  • Individuals having a dwelling as an owner, or who rent a house for a duration of at least 1 year.
  • Individuals who have their principal place of stay or the centre of their principal interests in Algeria. This is determined by the duration of their stay (183 day rule applies).
  • Individuals working in Algeria, regardless of whether they are paid.

Does the 183 day rule apply in Algeria

Yes, if a person spends more than 183 days in Algeria, over a period of 1 year, they will be considered an Algerian tax resident. 

Am I taxed on my global income in Algeria

Yes, Algerian tax residents are subject to income tax on their global income. Non-tax residents are only subject to tax on their income from Algerian sources.

Can you set up your own Limited Company in Algeria

How long does it take to set up 21 days
How much does it cost25,000 - 30,000 DZD
Is it easy? Starting a Business rank: 145. Low ranking means that setting up a limited company is difficult.

Tax Calculator in Algeria

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

Using an Umbrella Company for Income Tax in Algeria

Contractors in Algeria are faced with masses of paperwork and numerous wasted hours filing a tax return unless they find an alternative option. An Algerian 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 Algerian 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 Algeria tax office or tax department directly including processing your tax refund if you are eligible.

How We Can Help You with Tax in Algeria

We work with numerous umbrella companies in Algeria, many of whom are experts in tax and immigration laws. If you have any questions about tax in Algeria, 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 Algerian work permit.

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


A Contractor's Guide to Work Permits in Algeria

Immigration is one of the primary concerns for any contractor hoping to start working in Algeria. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Algerian work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer.

The Algerian work permit, is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Algeria is more difficult because the work permit is tied to one employer, so you have to change it to suit each new contract. Thankfully, umbrella companies provide a convenient and effective solution to this issue. 


How Can Umbrella Companies Help You Get a Work Permit in Algeria ?

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your work permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Algeria infinitely simpler and saves you the hassle of continuous paperwork. Instead of changing your work permit every time you get a new contract, you can just work how you ordinarily would under the same permit. They protect you from the bureaucratic “rain” of legal compliance with the Algerian immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Algerian Embassy directly. 

Through their service you may be able to use a business visa to get started quickly and then transition to a work visa in Algeria. It depends on your specific visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Algeria.

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