Umbrella Company in Nepal

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

Difficulties of Contracting in Nepal

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

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

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 Nepal

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

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

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

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

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

Do you know much about Nepalese Tax Law? Does Nepal have a tax treaty with your home country? You will need to find out or find someone who can help! Income tax in Nepal can range from 1% to 35% percent, and you need to be sure you are placed in the correct tax brackets.

Tax Filing in Nepal


When Do You Need to Lodge Your Tax Return?Financial year ends on July 15. Tax returns may be lodged as soon as the financial year ends.
Tax Filing DeadlineOctober 15
Can you file it online?Yes, https://it.ird.gov.np/taxpayer/app.html

How to File Taxes in Nepal

Income tax is withheld by the employer and paid to the IRD (Inland Revenue Department) within 25 days of the end of the Nepali month. An employer submits an annual tax return for each employee showing total remuneration and paid deductions and the amount of tax due, deducted and deposited with the IRO.

Personal income tax is based on a self-assessment system in Nepal so anyone earning taxable income is required to calculate their tax liability and deposit tax. The process of filing tax returns in Nepal involves:

Step 1: Every person liable to pay instalment tax must file an estimated tax return within Poush end (15th January).

Step 2: To file an annual tax return, you must apply for a submission number here by clicking ‘Application For Registration’ and filling out the required details.

Step 3: Click the Income Tax login in the menu to fill in, enter and verify details of your income.

Step 4: Collect the required documents which usually includes:

  • Statements of income.
  • Transportation allowances, rent allowances, retirement contributions and payments and any fringe benefits
  • Documents relating to deductions including insurance or contributions to the Employees Provident Fund or Citizen Investment Trust.
  • Documents relating to medical expenses.

Step 5: Fill in the required fields.

Step 6: A tax return filed as per self-assessment is not final. The Tax Authority may revise the assessment within 4 years from the date of submission of the self-assessment. 

Tax Figures in Nepal

CurrencyNepalese Rupee (NPR)
Tax-free Threshold in Nepal350,000 NPR for an individual and 400,000 NPR for a couple. Note: a 1% social security tax is levied on this tax-free bracket.
Income Tax Rates
Grossed Income Tax Rate (%)
First 350,000 NPR for an individual and 400,000 NPR for a couple 1%*
Next 100,000 NPR 15%
Up to 2.5 million NPR 25%
Above 2.5 million NPR 35%
Notes

The above table of progressive rates only applies to residents. Non-residents are taxed at a flat rate of 25% on their total income.

*Social security tax

Tax Residency in Nepal

When do you become a tax resident in Nepal

  • A person who has resided in Nepal for a period of 183 days or more in any financial year.
  • A person whose normal place of Abode is Nepal.
  • Note: dual residence is not recognized for the purpose of Nepalese tax.

Does the 183 day rule apply in Nepal

Yes.

Am I taxed on my global income in Nepal

Yes, resident individuals are subject to tax on their worldwide income. Non-residents are only subject to tax on income sourced in Nepal.

Can you set up your own Limited Company in Nepal

How long does it take to set up 17 days
How much does it cost19,780 NPR
Is it easy? Starting a Business Rank: 109. Low ranking means that setting up a limited company in Nepal is difficult.

Tax Calculator in Nepal

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

Using an Umbrella Company for Income Tax in Nepal

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

How We Can Help You with Tax in Nepal

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

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

 

A Contractor's Guide to Work Permits in Nepal

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

The Nepalese work visa, known more commonly as the Nepal Non-Tourist Visa, is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Nepal 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 Nepal ?

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Non-Tourist Visa provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Nepal 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 Nepalese immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Nepalese Embassy directly. 

Through their service you may be able to use a tourist visa to get settled into the country and then transition to a work visa when you commence work in Nepal. It depends on your specific visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Nepal.

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