Starting In 2018 Expats In Saudi Will Have To Pay A Levy Ranging From SAR 300 – 400 Every Month
After introducing the monthly dependent fee on expats earlier this year, Saudi Arabia is now gearing up to introduce a levy on expat employees in the private sector.
According to Al Arabiya, the Saudi Ministry of Finance said on Sunday that it will introduce a monthly expat levy as of 2018.
The monthly levy will range between 300 and 400 Saudi riyals the ministry said on Twitter. The ministry added that the levy will be paid by private sector companies and it aims to replace foreign laborers with locals.
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The ministry said last year that the levy will be SAR 300 for companies which have more locals than expats and it will be 400 SR for companies that have lesser locals when compared to expats.
The fee is expected to increase on yearly basis going up to SAR 600 in 2019 and up to 800 SR in 2020.
It is still, however, unclear that whether the private companies will bear the monthly levy or will they pass on the levy to their employees.