Frequently asked questions for contractors working abroad

Q. How long will the in-country registration process take? As a guideline, the entire process should take no longer than eight weeks. We can commence your registration as soon as contracts have been signed and we are in receipt of your completed personal information sheet.
Q. Where do I send my timesheets? Please email your timesheet to [email protected] and also send to your recruitment company by email.
Q. When will I be paid? IF Contracting undertake to pay you within 1 business day from when our respective sales invoice has been settled.
Q. Will I receive a payslip? A payslip is issued if you are operating through one of our employed structures. Regardless of employed structure, IF Contracting will send you a financial overview by email.
Q. Why can’t I be paid into my Wife/Son/Brothers bank account? Companies remitting funds to another person or entity are restricted by anti-money laundering regulations. A key control of these regulations is that funds can only be paid into an account held by the person we are contractually engaged with, which does include joint accounts.
Q. What expenses can I claim tax relief on? Tax relief can be claimed on any expense that the local government deem necessary to perform your business activities. In reality, any reasonable expense can be claimed back, such as travel, mileage allowance, parking, as long as it can be justified as necessary to operate your business and is accepted by the tax office. In some countries, this may extend to renting a second property.
Q. Do you need copies of receipts for my expenses? Yes, IF Contracting will require copies of all business receipts as they will be submitted within your annual tax return.
Q. Why am I not being paid the vat? Vat is a sales tax and therefore IF Contracting are charged with collecting this on behalf of our local revenue office. These funds must be paid to our local government and not to our suppliers. Should vat be added to your invoice presented to IF Contracting, we will remit this to you directly so that it can be forwarded to your revenue office.
Q. Do I pay tax on billable expenses? Every tax office will cast their own view on this but, as a rule, the answer is yes. This is because they are commonly considered income, which means that income tax will be due.
Q. Can you provide evidence of the taxes you have paid on my behalf? Yes, IF Contracting can provide evidence of all taxes paid on your behalf should you require this.

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