Saudi Arabia: New Expat Tax to Generate $709 Million in 2017-2018

Published July 4th, 2017 - 12:33 GMT
Saudi Arabia began collecting fees from expats and their dependents on July 1, 2017. (File photo)
Saudi Arabia began collecting fees from expats and their dependents on July 1, 2017. (File photo)

The Saudi Ministry of Interior’s (MoI) National Information Center said that 2.22 expat dependents are living in Saudi Arabia with 11.12 million expats working in the private sector.

Expats are expected to pay fees of nealy SAR 2.66 billion ($709.4 million) between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018, at SAR 1,200 ($320) per person.

The General Directorate of Passports of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that the issuance of exit and re-entry visas for expatriates and the renewal of residence permits will not be made unless fees levied on dependents of foreign workers are paid in advance.

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia began collecting fees from expatriates working in the kingdom at SAR 100 per month that will increase gradually every year, until it reached SAR 400 per month by 2020.

 


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