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Saudi Arabia - Taxation

There is no tax payable on salaries for foreign employees in Saudi Arabia, and self-employed foreigners are only taxed on overseas-earned income. Saudi nationals are taxed at between 0% and 30% of income, depending on how much they earn.

A zakat or religious wealth tax is imposed on businesses, but foreigners are again exempt from this and are only required to pay corporate income tax in proportion to their equity interest in the business. Corporate income tax rates are between 25% and 45%, depending on profit levels, with petroleum and other hydrocarbon-producing companies being charged a flat rate of 85% of net operating income. Most business expenses incurred in Saudi Arabia are tax deductible.

Tax holidays of up to five years are sometimes granted to foreign companies that enter into joint ventures with Saudi companies, if approved as a developing project by the Foreign Capital Investment Committee, while manufacturers of agricultural products may be granted a ten year tax exemption.

There is no sales tax imposed on goods or services in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has a double tax treaty with France, and similar arrangements with the UK and Germany. Certain countries, including the US, UK, Germany and Japan give their citizens tax allowances against any tax paid in Saudi Arabia.

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