Qatar Payroll Services

At Bradford Jacobs, we navigate the administration of the Qatari payroll system for you. We do the work, so you do not have to.

Qatari Payroll

Operating payroll in the State of Qatar has unusual features compared with most other employment markets. Income tax is not applied to fully-employed individuals’ wages, remuneration and allowances. The self-employed, however, may be liable for taxes on income generated in Qatar. Employers make social insurance contributions only in respect of Qatari nationals on their payroll, with no contributions taken from employees.

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Expert assistance is still a prerequisite to deal with the paperwork and red tape that will put your business plan and payroll operations at risk… this is why you need Bradford Jacobs as part of your team. Our priority is to ensure we have answers to all the issues surrounding Qatar’s payroll, taxes, labour laws and every aspect of employment compliance.

Bradford Jacobs’ Professional Employer Organisation (PEO) and Employer of Record (EOR) platforms and networks provide complete answers to every question your company will encounter before you move into the economy, especially when it comes to operating payroll.

  • Remote payroll – This option allows businesses to operate under a single payroll system, by adding employees in Qatar to your parent company’s payroll. However, these employees must operate under different regulations, which is likely to cause problems.
  • Internal payroll – You may operate payroll for your subsidiary, especially if you are committed to growing your company’s presence in Qatar. However, this does require hiring dedicated HR staff who understand Qatari employment and compliance laws.
  • Qatars’ payroll processing company – If you are considering outsourcing, then working with a Qatari payroll company will help in processing your payroll – but not when it comes to compliance.
  • Qatars’ payroll outsourcing – However, there is another option available that solves both concerns – by working with Bradford Jacobs. We can handle payroll and compliance for all your employees in Qatar. We take the administrative stress off your shoulders so you can focus on what you do best.

Foreign companies intending to set up payroll in Qatar must establish a legal entity in the country. The typical choice is to set up a limited liability company as this offers protection against liabilities for both the parent company and the shareholders.

The next step is to register employees for payroll. In the case of foreign employees, procedures must be undertaken and documents prepared. Initially, the company must be registered with the Immigration Department of the General Directorate of Borders, Passports and Expatriate Affairs at the Ministry of Interior to obtain an Immigration Card. Additionally, the company must apply for approval from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs for the number of visas required for hiring foreigners for the next 12 months. Since 2020, Qatari authorities have been cooperating with the International Labour Organisation to reform the ‘kafala’ system, under which foreign employees must obtain their employer’s approval to obtain an exit visa from the Ministry of Labour.

The application to employ each foreigner must include:

  • Copy of the business’s Commercial Registration, Immigration Card and the completed application form to the Ministry of Labour
  • Copies of the employee’s contract, medical certificate, passport with two passport-sized photographs, employment visa, biometric fingerprint test confirmation and required education documents

General registration requirements including the following:

  • Registering employees with General Tax Authority (GTA) to obtain the employee’s 10-digit Tax Identification Number
  • Register Qatari employees with the General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority for payment of contributions by the employer and Qatari citizens. Contributions do not apply to expat employees

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