How can an Umbrella Company Help with Contracting in Malawi?
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 Malawi. Even better, most are experts in Malawi and expat tax law, meaning they’ll also help you optimise your earnings in Malawi
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 Malawi
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 Malawi, 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 Malawi and your home country can seem like full-time work in itself.
A Contractor’s Guide to Taxes in Malawi
How do I calculate my taxable income in Malawi
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 Malawi (which means avoiding fees, fines, or even worse penalties).
Tax Filing as a Contractor in Malawi
Tax Figures in Malawi
Tax Residency in Malawi
Can you set up your own Limited Company in Malawi?
How We Can Help You with Tax in Malawi
We work with numerous umbrella companies in Malawi, many of whom are experts in tax and immigration laws. If you have any questions about tax in Malawi, we’ll get the answers from them directly so you can rest assured you’ll be getting accurate information. We also have a comprehensive knowledge of the different services they provide, and we 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 Malawi work permits. Our advice is 100 per cent free, and it comes with no obligations. You will be paying taxes in Malawi but without the overhead of directly dealing with the Malawi tax authorities. Get in touch with us today for some reliable advice on tax in Malawi!
A Contractor’s Guide to Work Permits in Malawi
As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Malawi work permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Malawi 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 Malawi immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Malawi 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 Malawi. It depends on your specific Malawi visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Malawi.