Umbrella Company in Bahrain

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

Difficulties of Contracting in Bahrain

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

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 Bahrain, 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 Bahrain 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 Bahrain. Even better, most are experts in Bahraini and expat tax law, meaning they’ll also help you optimise your earnings in Bahrain.

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 Bahrain

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 Bahrain (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 Bahrain. How do you find the right one for your circumstances?

We work closely with Umbrella Companies all throughout Bahrain and match contractors with the right company for them. If you’ve already secured a contract in Bahrain, 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 Bahrain

One of the most consistently challenging aspects of contracting in Bahrain is complying with the country’s tax system. As well as paying tax in Bahrain, 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 Bahrain

If you’re working in Bahrain 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 Bahrain 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 Bahrain, but contractors may not be offered this service because of their short stay with each employer.

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

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

Tax Filing in Bahrain

When Do You Need to Lodge Your Tax Return?N/A
Tax Filing DeadlineN/A
Can you file it online?N/A

How to File Taxes in Bahrain

You do not need to file taxes in Bahrain as there are no personal income taxes.

Tax Figures in Bahrain

CurrencyBahraini Dollar (BHD)
Tax-free Threshold in BahrainN/A
NotesSocial Security: Bahraini employees are required to make 7% contribution (which covers old age, disability, death and unemployment). Expatriate employees are required to make a 1% contribution (which covers unemployment). The maximum monthly earnings subject to contributions are capped at BHD4,000.

Tax Residency in Bahrain

When do you become a tax resident in Bahrain

Residence is not defined for personal income tax purposes in Bahrain, as there are no taxes on personal income in Bahrain.

Does the 183 day rule apply in Bahrain


Am I taxed on my global income in Bahrain


Can you set up your own Limited Company in Bahrain

How long does it take to set up 9-10 days
How much does it costBHD87
Is it easy? Starting a Business Rank: 75/190 (Source: World Bank)

Tax Calculator in Bahrain

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

Using an Umbrella Company for Income Tax in Bahrain

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

How We Can Help You with Tax in Bahrain

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

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

A Contractor’s Guide to Work Permits in Bahrain

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

The Bahraini work permit, known more commonly as the Bahraini Work Visa, is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Bahrain 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 Bahrain ?

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Bahraini work permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Bahrain 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 Bahraini immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Bahraini 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 Bahrain. It depends on your specific visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Bahrain.

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