Egypt - Income Tax

Egypt - Income Tax

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Tax returns and compliance

When are tax returns due? That is, what is the tax return due date? 

It is the employer’s responsibility to file quarterly tax returns. The employer has one month after the end of each quarter to file such returns. Additionally, the employer is required to file annual salary tax reconciliation outlining salaries paid to each employee, deductions, exemptions, tax due, and the net salary paid to each employee.

What is the tax year-end? 

31 December.

What are the compliance requirements for tax returns in Egypt? 

Residents and non-residents

Generally, the employer is required to compute the salary tax and withhold it at the source on a monthly basis. They are obliged to remit it to the relevant tax office within the first 15 days of the following month. Employees are not required to file tax returns unless the employer is non-resident or has no permanent establishment in Egypt. In such case, the employee will be required to file a tax return form at the first of January of each year. Additionally, the employer is required to file a quarterly tax return. The employer has one month after the end of each quarter to file the quarterly tax returns. 

At the year-end, the employer is required to prepare an annual reconciliation of the salary tax to determine whether there are any differences and to remit such tax differences, if any, to the competent tax office within January of the following year.

Penalties are imposed in the case of not complying with the due dates mentioned earlier at 2 percent plus the discount rate declared by the Central Bank of Egypt (discount rate is 9.75 percent approximately).

The tax authority audits the employer for individual income tax purposes and not each individual separately.

Tax rates

What are the current income tax rates for residents and non-residents in Egypt?

Residents

Income tax table for 2015

Taxable income bracket Total tax on income below bracket Tax rate on income in bracket

From EGP

To EGP EGP Percent

1

6,500
0 0

6,501

30,000 30,000- 6,500 = 23,500x 10% = 2,350
10

30,001

45,000 45,000 - 30,000 = 15,000 x 15% = 2,250 15

45,001

200,000
200,000-45,000=155,000 x 20 %= 31,000 
20

Over 200,000

 

 

25

For taxpayers (foreign expatriates) living in Egypt for less than 183 days during one calendar year, the tax rates which are mentioned above will be applied.

Annual tax is imposed on total net income of natural persons for income derived in Egypt or outside Egypt if Egypt is the centre of their commercial or industrial or professional activity.

Non-residents

Annual tax is imposed on Egyptian source income for non-resident natural persons.


Residence rules

For the purposes of taxation, how is an individual defined as a resident of Egypt?

Non-resident tax treatment: Payments made to non-resident individuals for employment services will be subject to the above mentioned tax rates on Egyptian source income only.

Individuals are residents of Egypt if they meet any of the following conditions:

  • Egypt is their place of habitual abode. The place of habitual abode of individuals is defined as follows.
    1. If the taxpayers is present in Egypt most of the year whether in an owned or leased residence.
    2. If the taxpayer has a commercial, professional, or industrial place of business or any other place of business.
  • Individuals resident in Egypt for a period more than 183 days whether continuously or non-continuously in a 12-month period.
  • Egyptians who perform their services overseas and receive their income from an Egyptian treasury (public or private).

A foreigner who earns income from Egypt but does not meet any of the criteria noted earlier would be considered as a non-resident.

Is there, a de minimus number of days rule when it comes to residency start and end date? For example, a taxpayer can’t come back to the host country for more than 10 days after their assignment is over and they repatriate.

They can come back after renewing the residence visa or obtaining a tourist visa.

What if the assignee enters the country before their assignment begins?

It depends on the purpose of the visit and for how long he/she will be present in Egypt before the assignment begins. However, he/she will be required to pay taxes and submit a request to the labor office to obtain a residence visa and work permit.

Termination of residence

Are there any tax compliance requirements when leaving Egypt?

No. It is the employer’s responsibility to withhold the tax due at the source and remit it to the tax authority within 15 days following the month-end.

What if the assignee comes back for a trip after residency has terminated?

No individual income tax is imposed in the event the assignee comes back for a trip after residency has terminated. However, he/she will be required to obtain an entry visa. In case he/she comes back to continue working, then he/she will be required to renew his/her residency visa / work permit and pay taxes in Egypt.

Communication between immigration and taxation authorities

Do the immigration authorities in Egypt provide information to the local taxation authorities regarding when a person enters or leaves Egypt?

No.

Filing requirements

Will an assignee have a filing requirement in the host country after they leave the country and repatriate?

No. All compliance work is the responsibility of the employer unless the employer is non-resident or has no permanent establishment in Egypt. In that event, the employee will be required to settle any outstanding tax liability before leaving Egypt that is reports his/her income to the tax authority and pays the tax due on his/her income before leaving Egypt in case of non-residents and on 1 January of each year for residents.

Economic employer approach

Do the taxation authorities in Egypt adopt the economic employer approach to interpreting Article 15 of the OECD treaty? If no, are the taxation authorities in Egypt considering the adoption of this interpretation of economic employer in the future?1

It is not yet adopted in Egypt.

De minimus number of days

Are there a de minimus number of days before the local taxation authorities will apply the economic employer approach? If yes, what is the de minimus number of days?2

It is not yet adopted in Egypt.

Types of taxable compensation

What categories are subject to income tax in general situations?

The types of income derived from employment include the following:

  • payments received by a taxpayer based on either a contractual or non-contractual relationship in return for services performed outside or inside of Egypt including salaries, wages, overtime, bonus, paid leave, commissions, profit shares, and all-cash and in-kind benefits
  • payments from overseas sources in return for services performed within Egypt
  • compensation paid to the chairmen and members of the board of directors who are not shareholders in public sector and business public sector entities
  • compensation paid to the chairmen and members of the board of directors in private sector companies in return for administrative work.

Tax-exempt income

Are there any areas of income that are exempt from taxation in Egypt? If so, please provide a general definition of these areas.

The following amounts may be excluded from salary taxable income:

  • personal relief of EGP7,000
  • employee’s share of local social insurance
  • exemption of special increases will continue to apply
  • end of services payments and pensions
  • life insurance and medical insurance to a certain extent
  • collective benefits-in-kind
  • employee’s profit share.
 

Personal relief of EGP7,000

All employees are entitled to a personal relief of EGP 7,000 in addition to the EGP 6,500 exempt amount. The personal relief of EGP 7000 is calculated on a prorate basis. For example, if an employee was employed for 9 months in the tax year, he/she will be entitled to an exemption of EGP 5250  only (75 percent of the EGP7,000 ).

Employee’s share of social insurance

Employee’s share of social insurance is fully deductible.

Exemption of special increases will continue to apply

A presidential decree is issued yearly in respect of special increases. It is clearly stated in the said decree that special increase amount paid by the employer is tax-exempt within certain limits. The employer is entitled to split the annual salary increase between special increase and annual salary increase. In such cases, the special increase amount will be tax-exempt within certain limits according to the presidential decree and the annual salary increase amount will be subject to individual income tax.

End of services payments and pensions

End of services payments and pensions are exempt from taxes provided; that the following documents should be available to the tax authority during the salary tax inspection:

  • an internal policy issued by the company which is applied to all employees and outlines the basis of calculating the amount due to the employee
  • copy of the employee’s resignation
  • copy of the payment check
  • copy of the social insurance form No. 6 (which outlines that the employee has resigned) in the presence of social insurance payments that were made by the expatriate.

Life insurance and medical insurance

Life insurance and medical insurance for the benefit of the taxpayer or his/her spouse or his/her minor children provided that the exemption of the subscription in social insurance funds, life insurance, and medical insurance should not exceed 15 percent of the net income or EGP10,000, whichever is less. The insurance company should be an Egyptian company.

In case the insurance premium is paid by the employer, the payment will be treated as a taxable benefit.

Collective benefits-in-kind

Collective benefits-in-kind according to the provision of the new tax law are meals for employees, collective transportation for employees or its cost, medical care, tools and uniforms for work purposes, and housing provided by the employer for the employees. In order to exempt the in-kind benefits, the following conditions should be met.

  • The meals should be in the work place.
  • The collective transport should be for all the employees or a certain category of them in a collective means of transportation, regardless of whether owned or rented by the employer.
  • The residence is owned by the employer or rented and is required for the work.

Employee’s profit share

The Companies Law 159 of 1981 is the general law that regulates joint stock companies, limited partnerships by shares, limited liability companies, branches of foreign companies, and representation (or scientific or liaison) offices of foreign companies in Egypt.

The employees are entitled to receive as profit-sharing of 10 percent with a maximum of 100 percent of their annual total salaries under the company law. This is applicable in case of joint stock companies, limited liability companies, and companies limited by shares.

Employees’ profit share is tax exempt under the Tax Law 91 for 2005.

Expatriate concessions

Are there any concessions made for expatriates in Egypt?

Under the new tax law, there are no expatriates’ concessions.

Salary earned from working abroad

Is salary earned from working abroad taxed in Egypt? If so, how?

Sourcing of income is relevant for the taxation of individuals and legal entities. Resident individuals are taxed on total net income of natural persons for income derived in Egypt or outside Egypt if Egypt is the centre of their commercial or industrial or professional activity while non-residents are subject to tax on Egyptian source income.

Income is considered of an Egyptian source in the following cases:

  • Income for services performed inside of Egypt including income from salaries and wages.
  • Income paid by an Egyptian resident employer even if the service is performed outside of Egypt.
  • Income generated from an Egyptian permanent establishment.
  • Dividends made by an Egyptian resident corporate body.
  • Income from other business activities performed inside of Egypt.
  • Capital gains derived from the disposal of securities, which are listed in the Egyptian Stock Exchange, and the capital gains derived from the disposal securities, which are not listed in the Egyptian Stock Exchange regardless of being listed or unlisted abroad.

Taxation of investment income and capital gains

Are investment income and capital gains taxed in Egypt? If so, how?

Non-employment foreign-sourced income is not subject to individual income tax in Egypt provided Egypt is not the center of their commercial or industrial or professional activities.

Dividends, interest, and rental income

Foreign-sourced income is not subject to individual income tax in Egypt provided Egypt is not the center of their commercial or industrial or professional activities.

Gains from stock option exercises

Stock options provided to the employees for value less than the market value of the share. The benefit-in-kind is computed based on the difference between the fair value of the shares at the date there are no restrictions on the exercise of the options and the amount paid by the employee.

Foreign exchange gains and losses

Foreign exchange gains and losses may subject to salary tax in case the salary is paid in foreign currency and the tax calculation was prepared using Egyptian Pounds.

Principal residence gains and losses

Information is not available.

Capital losses

Capital losses are not subject to salary tax.

Personal use items

Personal use items are not subject to salary tax provided that it is paid by the employee and not borne by the employer.

Gifts

Gifts are not subject to salary tax provided that it is not borne by the employer.

Additional capital gains tax (CGT) issues and exceptions

Are there additional capital gains tax (CGT) issues in Egypt? If so, please discuss?

Yes and it is subject to 10% tax rate. However, it is on hold for two years for securities, which are listed in the Egyptian Stock Exchange as included under the new changes in the tax law.

Capital gains derived from the disposal of securities, which are listed in the Egyptian Stock Exchange would be subject to tax at 22.5%.

Foreign-sourced income is not subject to individual income tax in Egypt unless Egypt is the center of the individual’s commercial or industrial or professional activities.

Are there capital gains tax exceptions in Egypt? If so, please discuss?

No, except that foreign-sourced income is not subject to individual income tax in Egypt unless Egypt is the center of the individual’s commercial or industrial or professional activities.

Pre-CGT assets

Not applicable.

Deemed disposal and acquisition

Not applicable.

General deductions from income

What are the general deductions from income allowed in Egypt?

  • All employees are entitled to a personal relief of EGP 7,000 in addition to the EGP6,500 exempt amount.
  • Employee’s share of social insurance is fully deductible.
  • Exemption of special increases will continue to apply.
  • End of services payments and pensions are exempt from taxes.
  • Life insurance and medical insurance for the benefit of the taxpayer or his/her spouse or his/her minor children provided that the exemption of the subscription in social insurance funds, life insurance, and medical insurance should not exceed 15 percent of the net income or EGP10,000, whichever is less. The insurance company should be an Egyptian company.
  • An end of service payment is generally not subject to Egyptian income taxes. However, if it is given to international employees on leaving Egypt to join another branch or subsidiary of the company in another country, it may be subjected to salary tax.

Tax reimbursement methods

What are the tax reimbursement methods generally used by employers in Egypt?

Information is not available.

Calculation of estimates/prepayments/withholding

How are estimates/prepayments/withholding of tax handled in Egypt? For example, Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE), Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG), and so on.

Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) withholding

Not applicable.

PAYG installments

Not applicable.

When are estimates/prepayments/withholding of tax due in Egypt? For example:monthly, annually, both, and so on.

Not applicable.

Relief for foreign taxes

Is there any Relief for Foreign Taxes in Egypt? For example, a foreign tax credit (FTC) system, double taxation treaties, and so on?

Yes, provided that all conditions stated in the tax treaty are met in addition to the supporting documents e.g. the tax payment receipt issued by the tax authority located in the foreign country of the expatriate.

General tax credits

What are the general tax credits that may be claimed in Egypt? Please list below.

  • A tax credit can be claimed against foreign tax paid by a resident company in a foreign jurisdiction.
  • A foreign-source loss cannot offset Egyptian-source income.
  • The foreign tax credit cannot exceed the Egyptian taxes due on the foreign-source income.
  • The profits for each country shall be computed separately. Gains and losses from different countries cannot be offset.
  • Withholding tax on dividends, interest, and royalties can be credited against Egyptian taxation. On the other hand, corporate underlying taxes cannot be credited.

Sample tax calculation

This calculation assumes a married taxpayer resident in Egypt with two children whose two-year assignment begins 1 January 2015 and ends 31 December 2016. The taxpayer’s base salary is USD100,000 and the calculation covers two years.3

  2015
 
  USD
2016
 
  USD
Salary 100,000 100,000
Bonus 20,000 20,000
Cost-of-living allowance 10,000 10,000
Housing allowance 12,000 12,000
Company car (cost of fuel, maintenance and insurance) 6,000 6,000
Moving expense reimbursement 20,000 0
Home leave 0 5,000
Education allowance 3,000 3,000
Interest income from non-local sources 6,000 6,000

Exchange rate used for calculation for 2015: USD1.00 = EGP 7.825 and EGP 8.879 for 2016.
 

Other assumptions

  • All earned income is attributable to local sources.
  • Bonuses are paid at the end of each tax year, and accrue evenly throughout the year.
  • Interest income is not remitted to Egypt.
  • The company car is used for business and private purposes and originally cost USD50,000.
  • The employee is deemed resident throughout the assignment.
  • Tax treaties and totalization agreements are ignored for the purpose of this calculation.

Calculation of taxable income

Year ended 2015
EGP
2016
EGP
Days in Egypt during year 365 365
Earned income subject to income tax    
Salary 782,500
887,900
Bonus 156,500
177,580
Cost-of-living allowance 78,250
88,790
Net housing allowance 93,900
106,548
Company car 46,950
53,274
Moving expense reimbursement 156,500
0
Home leave 0
44,395
Education allowance 23,475
26,637
Total earned income 1,338,075
1,385,124
Other income4 0 0
Total income 1,338,075
1,385,124
Deductions: 80 percent of the cost of fuel, maintenance, and insurance related to the company car 37,560
42,619
Deduction: Personal exemption5 7,000
7,000
Total taxable income 1,293,515
1,335,505

Calculation of tax liability

  2015
EGP
2016
EGP
Taxable income as above 1,293,515
1,335,505
Egyptian tax thereon 281,641
291,089
Less:    
Domestic tax rebates (dependent spouse rebate) 0 0
Foreign tax credits 0 0
Total Egyptian tax 281,641
291,089
The equivalent in USD 35,992
32,784

Tax credit is obtained if all conditions under the double tax treaty between Egypt and the foreign jurisdiction of the employer are met.

1Certain tax authorities adopt an ‘economic employer’ approach to interpreting Article 15 of the OECD model treaty, which deals with the Dependent Services Article. In summary, this means that if an employee is assigned to work for an entity in the host country for a period of less than 183 days in the fiscal year (or, a calendar year of a 12-month period), the employee remains employed by the home country employer but the employee's salary and costs are recharged to the host entity, then the host country tax authority will treat the host entity as being the ‘economic employer’ and therefore the employer for the purposes of interpreting Article 15. In this case, Article 15 relief would be denied and the employee would be subject to tax in the host country.

2For example, an employee can be physically present in the country for up to 60 days before the tax authorities will apply the ‘economic employer’ approach. However, the Egyptian tax authority may interpreted differently and it will attempt to assess tax in Egypt.

3Sample calculation generated by KPMG Hazem Hassan Public Accountrants & Consultants, the Egypt member firm of KPMG International, based on the Egyptian Income Tax Law No. 91 of 2005 and subsequent amendments of Laws No. 101 of 2012, 11 of 2013, 53 of 2014 & 96 of 2015.

4Foreign-sourced income is not subject to tax in Egypt that is interest income from non-local sources and not resulted from the employment relationship.

5Personal exemption is a deduction, which is granted to all employees as per the provisions of the Egyptian Tax Law.

 

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