Contracting in Bermuda

How can an Umbrella Company Help with Contracting in Bermuda?

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

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.

Can I Organise My Taxes and Work Permit Myself?

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

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 Bermuda, 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 Bermuda and your home country can seem like full-time work in itself.

A Contractor’s Guide to Taxes in Bermuda

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

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

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

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

Tax Filing as a Contractor in Bermuda

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

How to File Taxes in Bermuda as a Contractor

Individuals are not taxed on their income in Bermuda.

Tax Figures in Bermuda

Currency Bermudian Dollar (BMD)
Tax-free Threshold in Bermuda N/A

Both residents and non-residents are not subject to income, withholding or capital gains taxes in Bermuda.

Payroll Tax Withholding: Your employer may deduct a 6% withholding amount from your salary as a contribution to the total Payroll Tax amount imposed on employers.

Employees may be subject to a salary deduction for Payroll Tax. The amounts are as follows:

Amount (BMD) Marginal Tax Rate for 2017/18 (%) Marginal Tax Rate for 2018/19 (%)
0-48,000 4.75 4.25
>48,000-96,000 5.75 5.50
>96,000-235,000 7.75 9.00
>235,000-900,000 8.75 11.00

Employers are liable for Payroll Tax on the total value of cash and benefits paid to employees. Payroll Tax consists of 2 portions, an employer portion and employee portion, both of which are the responsibility of the employer. The employer may choose to deduct the employee portion in full or in part.

Tax Residency in Bermuda

When do you become a tax resident in Bermuda

You become a tax resident in Bermuda when:

As there is no residency for tax purposes, you become a resident in Bermuda when you are granted a work permit.

Does the 183 day rule apply in Bermuda


Am I taxed on my global income in Bermuda


Can you set up your own Limited Company in Bermuda?

Tax Calculator in Bermuda

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

Using an Umbrella Company for Income Tax in Bermuda

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

How We Can Help You with Tax in Bermuda

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

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

A Contractor’s Guide to Work Permits in Bermuda

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

The Bermudian work permit, known more commonly as the Standard Work Permit, is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Bermuda 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 Does an Umbrella Company Work?

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 Bermuda (which means avoiding fees, fines, or even worse penalties).

How Can We Help You?

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

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

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