Contracting in Cameroon

How can an Umbrella Company Help with Contracting in Cameroon?

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

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 Cameroon.

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

A Contractor’s Guide to Taxes in Cameroon

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

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

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

Do you know much about Cameroonian Tax Law? Does Cameroon have a tax treaty with your home country? You will need to find out or find someone who can help! Income tax in Cameroon can range from 10 to 35 percent, and you need to be sure you are placed in the correct tax brackets.

Tax Filing as a Contractor in Cameroon

When Do You Need to Lodge Your Tax Return? 15 March (of the year following the income tax year)
Tax Filing Deadline 15 March (of the year following the income tax year)
Can you file it online? Yes, https://teledeclaration-dgi.cm/modules/Common/Account/Login.aspx

How to File Taxes in Cameroon as a Contractor

The tax year is the calendar year.

You are only required to file taxes if you have earned income other than employment income/salaries and income from securities.

Tax Figures in Cameroon

Currency Central African CFA (XAF)
Tax-free Threshold in Cameroon None
Income Tax Rates
Grossed Income Tax Rate (%)
0 - 2,000,000 10%
>2,000,000 - 3,000,000 10%
>3,000,000 - 5,000,000 25%
>5,000,000 35%

Tax Residency in Cameroon

When do you become a tax resident in Cameroon

You become a tax resident in Cameroon when:

  • Your centre of interests, business or place of abode is in Cameroon;
  • You are engaged in a salaried or non-salaried activity in Cameroon (except when this activity is an accessory activity); or
  • You stay in Cameroon for more than 183 days in a calendar year.

Does the 183 day rule apply in Cameroon

Yes

Am I taxed on my global income in Cameroon

Resident individuals are taxed on their worldwide income. Non-resident individuals are taxed in their Cameroon-source income only.

Can you set up your own Limited Company in Cameroon?

How long does it take to set up 16-17 days
How much does it cost XAF101,500 + 2% of share capital up to XAF3,000,000 + 1.5% of capital from XAF3,000,001-10,000,000 + XAF1,000 per stamp
Is it easy? Starting a Business Rank: 122/190 (Source: World Bank)

Tax Calculator in Cameroon

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

Using an Umbrella Company for Income Tax in Cameroon

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

How We Can Help You with Tax in Cameroon

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

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

A Contractor’s Guide to Work Permits in Cameroon

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

The Cameroonian work permit, known more commonly as the visa de travail Cameroun, is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Cameroon 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 Cameroon (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 Cameroon. How do you find the right one for your circumstances?

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