Draft law submitted to impose 5% tax on expats for remittances

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Number of MPs have submitted a draft law calling to impose a five-percent tax on remittances by expatriates to their home countries. The financial and economic affairs committee went ahead and approved the bill and sent it for the Assembly for approval.

Earlier legal and legislative committee and the government had rejected the bill on basis of the economy will be hurt, but the Financial and economic affairs committee said that it is within the constitution and there was no violation.

Meanwhile, MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei called for the need to impose taxes on financial remittances by expatriates living in the country, saying the number of expats has swelled to be equal to three times the number of Kuwaitis. He said expats remit billions of dinars annually without any benefit to the country, adding that the huge demographic imbalance in the country must be resolved.

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Indian
Thursday, April 18, 2019
If they need to tax expats, then there should be study done first like whats the average expenses for expats in Kuwait which is around 500-600KD on an average. They should keep a cap and not do it for all expats. There are expats earning well above 1500 and 2000KD, these expats should be taxed. In all countries, taxes based on income and not for all. In this way, it will be fair.

Osama
Thursday, April 18, 2019
@Kabeer : Baba inte mukh ma fee. No good talking.

syed
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Did you guys check title ? This tax is only for expats.
Most of Kuwaiti business men invest in US , UK, China.
No tax for them on trillions of dinar remittances.
Earlier they were trying to impose tax on all, and was getting refused continuously. Just they made small correction. "Only for expats".
It is approved at one go...
Anything "Only for expats" will be approved instantly.
You can play around, catch any poor Kuwaiti guy. Tell him to remit to your account with 2% or 3% commission, if amount is big.

Kabeer
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
In India we do pay income tax as "NRI" here we cry for equality, and dont want to pay tax, but want to enjoy all benefits.... And want to keep applying to get immigration to Canada, USA, Australia,etc.
And as long as not getting immigration we are proud to be here because we are serving two countries, and the day - get immigration dont want to remember past ....

JAJ
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
"expats remit billions of dinars annually without any benefit to the country" How can people even say things like this! Majority of the people remit their hard-earned salary after doing their jobs. We were compensated for providing benefit to the country! What we do with our money after that is our business, and no one else''s. Go after those who do corruption and get money illegally!

Vinod
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Paying high amount for Visa. Leaving our Nation and families, coming abroad, NOT seeing our children grow, working for and under other nationalities, following their rules and regulations, learning their Language, Being punctual and accountable for their work, working in terrible heat, cold weather, work pressure, stress, DUST, Humidity, Respecting other Nation.

Still only EXpats are Targeted for profits as expariates are Very vulnerable. Tax EXpat s hard earned money. One intelligent MP had submitted a draft law taxing Expats for breathing Air.

Financial and ecoomic affairs committee should go further ahead and approve the bill for Taxing Expats for the Air they breathe.

KV
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
In Saudi, they had introduced family tax on expats and made 18 sector jobs only for Saudis. As a result, more than 200,000 families were back to India and similar small businesses closed down. Saudis lost huge rental amount and they complained big time. Now they are getting back to original decision. Same thing will happen in Kuwait as well.


patel
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
hi,

this is to much now before increase civil id 2 to 5kd, after medical 1 to 2kd, 2 to 5kd, and increasing house rents, now again they want money from our pocket, again news they are going to increase insurance 5 to 10kd but but but salaries still decreasing !!!!!!! what the situation after 5 years may be they will come india for job. because nobody will stay here mostly who is working hard and getting low salary.

TRUTH
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
I am not able to understand why these people behind all expats , everyone is working hard to get their salaries, people getting up early morning, attending work on time, out come of work is positive in the growth of company unlike another who is working hardly, no time table on duty, out come of work is very low, everything getting free without working.


DEV
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
AGAIN!
''EXPAT'',''EXPAT'',''EXPAT''
taxes are fine. agree n ready to pay honestly. what about the benefit to expat by paying tax. what service we will get. Govt is showing bad image of kuwait to the world. please
#LONGLIVEKUWAIT

PREM
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
hi
there should be equal and balance system for all the citizens of country. salaries are not increasing gradually but the rents, expenses, medical fees and etc.., only increasing. this is not fare

Johnson
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
5% tax for remittances can be imposed by Q8 Govt on expats who are sending 400 KD or more to Their respective countries monthly.

Where labor''s minimum earning is KD 75/ month without any increment. Their expenses like KD 8 internet recharge to call family or at work. (Minimum net pack)
KD 35 to KD 50 for room rental. Then for food and other basic needs.
If they are charged 5% tax. What will they send home?
How will their far away families survive?

AP
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Government should impose tax to the companies, not to the expats who are working for small benefits..

It Looks like taking back their wages in other way.

BABUBHAI
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
kuwaiti pagal ho rahe hai dhire dhire........

Erny
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
I feel this is turning out to be a story "The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs"
The moral of the story, Goose That Laid Golden Egg is the folly of being over greedy which leads to destruction of the source of benefits for the owner.
Sad to see bunch of fools are so influential.

Jai Ho ,Hawala Gi
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Now its time to go back to Hawala transaction. Bohari Bhai khus ho jaoo.

Sathyan
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Think about the labor who are all working very low salary !!!!!!!! Definitely will effect low category people and who will be replacement of the workers anybody is here to work with very low salary..,
They are all thought expats getting every benefits from their country., Develop the countries with another way like entertainment for all age peoples, parks, business city like dubai singapore etc.,,

worker
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Is there no MPs to raise voice for justice. Why the injustice increasing day by day. Are expats not giving any benefit for the country?? If expats don''t remit money, then how can we support our family. Why no one in the parliament supporting expats.? Is it our fault that we came to kuwait. The Kuwait Govt. issued visa for expats. If there is imbalance, stop new visas.

Mahesh
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
First let them impose tax 11% on Building owners who collects the monthly rent from expatriates in huge quantity. 8 floor having 4 to 5 rooms on each floor and rent is KD 300 and above that Building owner has to pay 11% tax. Target them first. Expatriates salary is low and on the top tax?

Liyaqat Kala
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Finally acche din has come. Here as well as in home country.

Shabbir
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
MP has stated that without giving any benefit to the country......LOL......
According to him....we are getting salary without work......Its a good joke of the day....

tosh
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
people in the country will use other channels to remit money to their home countries, even the exchange companies will face loses due to this policy, at the end who is the loser,

tosh
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
people in the country will use other channels to remit money to their home countries, even the exchange companies will face loses due to this policy, at the end who is the loser,

Khan
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Dear Expats,

Time to leave Kuwait. Daily anti-expat proposals, they just want to get rid of expats and they are the ones responsible for bringing expats in Kuwait. Govt should first stop issuing new visas.

God bless Kuwait!

Faisal
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Yes!!
Impose more tax on transferring money to our home.. but dont increase salaries... this is when the hawala and money laundering will start again..

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