Shoura decides no taxes on expats

Published:  4 Apr at 9 AM
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As reported by Arab News, the Saudi Arabian Shoura Council has rejected a proposal to tax the salaries of individual expat workers in the private and public sectors. The council meeting was headed by Council VP Dr. Mohammed bin Amin Jafri.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, who is Secretary-General of the Shoura Council, said the group reached the decision after listening to the arguments in support and against the proposal.
Since proponents of the proposal could not obtain the required majorityto secure approval in the house, it was rejected, said Dr. Al-Ghamdi. He said the country was implementing a list of developmental projects in numerous sectors which required professional skills.

Supporters that that, if approved, the move could have helped close the gap between the salaries of non-Saudis and Saudis, also increasing the chances for Saudis to be employed in the private sector. Dr. Al-Ghamdi clarified that the proposal had been introduced some time ago.

News that debate on the topic had been revived drew criticism from the expat community, particularly low-paid workers. The finance committee at the Shoura Council has recommended conducting fresh studies on the risks of imposing taxes on all foreigners employed in both the private and public sectors in the Kingdom.

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