Saudi: No new tax on expats: Ministry

RIYADH — The Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) has categorically denied social media rumors that expat workers will have to pay 10% tax on a monthly salary of more than SR3,000.

“There is no truth in these reports. There is no intention at all to impose new tax on expatriates,” ministry’s spokesman Khaled Aba Al-Khail said.

The social media rumor about the tax also claimed that the authorities consisting of the ministries of labor, finance and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) were coordinating to impose the tax.

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“Whatever social media is circulating about the new tax on expatriates is totally untrue,” the spokesman reiterated.

The social media rumor also claimed that recruitment and issuance of work permits for 60 jobs will be stopped as these jobs will be limited to Saudis only.

It said the companies and establishments will be asked to replace expatriates on these jobs with Saudis.

Aba Al-Khail denied the report as sheer rumors and said there are only 19 jobs which are limited to Saudis.

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“There is no change in the jobs being restricted to Saudis only. There will not be any recruitment or issuance of work permits for expatriates to work in only 19 jobs restricted to Saudis,” he said.

Source Credit: Saudi Gazette

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