Umbrella Company in Qatar

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

Difficulties of Contracting in Qatar

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

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

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 Qatar

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

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

One of the most consistently challenging aspects of contracting in Qatar is keeping up to date with the country’s tax system. Currently, no tax is imposed on employment income and only income from a business is taxable.

As well as paying tax in Qatar, you might also still be eligible to pay some tax in your home country. Understanding and keeping up to date with changes in the legislation behind this can be a challenge.

How do I calculate my taxable income in Qatar

Income from a business is taxable in Qatar, meaning if you are self-employed, you are required to file and pay taxes.

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

Tax Filing in Qatar


When Do You Need to Lodge Your Tax Return?N/A
Tax Filing DeadlineN/A
Can you file it online?Yes, https://www.mof.gov.qa/en/MinistryProjects/Pages/TAS-project.aspx

How to File Taxes in Qatar

There are no taxes on employment income in Qatar. Taxes on business income can be filed on the Qatari Ministry of Finance’s Tax Administration System here.

Tax Figures in Qatar

CurrencyQatari Rial (QAR)
Tax-free Threshold in QatarN/A

Tax Residency in Qatar

When do you become a tax resident in Qatar

You become a tax resident in Qatar when:

  • You have a permanent home in Qatar;
  • You have been in Qatar for more than 183 consecutive or separate days during any 12-month period;
  • Your centre of vital interests is in Qatar; or
  • You have a valid residence permit issued by the registry.

Residency is irrelevant for income tax purposes.

Does the 183 day rule apply in Qatar

Yes

Am I taxed on my global income in Qatar

You are not taxed on your global income in Qatar.

Can you set up your own Limited Company in Qatar

How long does it take to set up 8.5-9.5 days
How much does it costQAR14,870; QAR24 for the first 2 shareholders + QAR9 for each additional shareholder; QAR500-5,000 (Commercial Registration); QAR50 per sq. m (signage license)
Is it easy? Starting a Business Rank: 89/190 (Source: World Bank)

Tax Calculator in Qatar

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

Using an Umbrella Company for Income Tax in Qatar

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

How We Can Help You with Tax in Qatar

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

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

A Contractor's Guide to Work Permits in Qatar

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

The Qatari work permit, known more commonly as the Work Residence Permit, is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Qatar 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 Qatar ?

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

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