Umbrella Company in Macau

Independent contracting in Macau 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 Macau, you should be aware of what you’re getting into – and how you can make it simpler.

Difficulties of Contracting in Macau

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

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

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 Macau

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

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

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

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

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

Do you know much about Macanese Tax Law? Does Macau have a tax treaty with your home country? You will need to find out or find someone who can help! Income tax in Macau can range from 7 to 12 percent, and you need to be sure you are placed in the correct tax brackets.

Tax Filing in Macau


When Do You Need to Lodge Your Tax Return?End of March (in the year following the income tax year)
Tax Filing DeadlineEnd of March (in the year following the income tax year)
Can you file it online?Yes, https://eserv.dsf.gov.mo/?lang=zh

How to File Taxes in Macau

Your employer is required to file taxes on your behalf in Macau.

Tax Figures in Macau

CurrencyMacanese Pataca (MOP)
Tax-free Threshold in MacauMOP144,000
Income Tax Rates
Grossed Income Tax Rate (%)
First MOP144,000 0%
Next MOP20,000 7%
Next MOP20,000 8%
Next MOP40,000 9%
Next MOP80,000 10%
Next MOP120,000 11%
Remainder 12%
Notes

The tax rates above apply to the income of both residents and non-residents.

Non-Residents without Work Permits: The higher of 5% and the tax rate specified in the table above is levied on the employment income of non-residents without a work permit, and withheld at source.

Tax Residency in Macau

When do you become a tax resident in Macau

There is no residency for tax purposes in Macau.

Does the 183 day rule apply in Macau

No

Am I taxed on my global income in Macau

Individuals are taxed on their Macau-source income only i.e. income arising in or derived from Macau.

Tax Calculator in Macau

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

Using an Umbrella Company for Income Tax in Macau

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

How We Can Help You with Tax in Macau

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

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

A Contractor's Guide to Work Permits in Macau

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

The Macanese work permit, known more commonly as the Non-Residents Worker’s Permit, is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Macau 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 Macau ?

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

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