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Global PEO and Payroll in Turkey

Getting your business up-and-running in Turkey can be challenging, especially if you do not speak the native language. Establishing your own business entity in Turkey is an option to be considered as you expand abroad. But before you invest valuable resources in setting up business in Turkey, you should be fully aware of the risks involved.

Acumen’s Global PEO and Payroll solution was designed especially for companies like yours, to smooth the way for quick, easy and risk-free business operations in Turkey, without having to establish a legal business entity.

Acumen International – Your Professional Employer Organization in Turkey

Navigating the Turkish legal system and adhering to regulations governing employment and taxation can be challenging for businesses, especially if you are not a native Turkish speaker. Partnering with Acumen International as a global Professional Employer organization (PEO) provides you with the local knowledge and support you need to conduct business in Turkey without concern for legal and compliance risks.

Whether you represent international client companies or you are taking your own business operations abroad, Acumen International’s Global PEO and payroll service allows you to hire and payroll local and expat employees in Turkey. With Acumen in your corner, you can quickly and easily onboard and compensate your employees without risk of legal repercussions.

International Global Payroll and Taxation in Turkey

Personal income tax (PIT). Turkey taxes its residents on their worldwide income, whereas non-residents are taxed on Turkish-source earnings only. Income tax is levied on taxable income at progressive rates after certain deductions and allowances. There is no special tax regime for expatriates.

Tax liability under Turkish tax codes can be either:

  • Full liability.
  • Partial liability.

Resident (Expat). A real person will be considered as fully liable if they are a Turkish citizen or a resident of Turkey. In this regard, foreign nationals who have been living in Turkey for more than six months will be considered to be resident in Turkey (except for those who are in Turkey on temporary business, or for educational, health or journalism related reasons, in which case they are exempt from the income tax). These people are fully liable for income tax, and are obliged to pay income tax on all sources of income. 

Non-resident Those who are not resident in Turkey are partially liable and are subject to income tax for all income received from Turkish sources, provided that such income can be regarded as being received in Turkey under the criteria set out in the relevant legislation. 

Double taxation agreements may exist between Turkey and the country of which the employee is a resident. In that case, the provisions of any relevant treaties regarding the matter will be applied. 

Local income taxes. There are no local taxes on personal income in Turkey.

Payroll Cycle in Turkey

Wage may be paid on a monthly basis at the latest. The time of remuneration may be reduced down to one week by employment contract or by collective agreement.

Non-payroll taxes in CountryTurkey

Value-added tax (VAT). VAT payable on local purchases and on imports is regarded as ‘input VAT’, and VAT calculated and collected on sales is considered ‘output VAT’. Input VAT is offset against output VAT in the VAT return filed at the related tax office. If output VAT is in excess of input VAT, the excess amount is paid to the related tax office. Conversely, if input VAT exceeds output VAT, the balance is carried forward to the following months to be offset against future output VAT. With the exception of a few situations, such as exportation and sales to an investment incentive holder, there is no cash refund to recover excess input VAT.

VAT is collected at the point of import. The VAT rate is the same rate as the one that is applied for transactions in the country of origin. The base for VAT is the value of the goods for customs tax purposes plus any kind of tax payable at the point of import and all the expenses incurred until the single administrative document is registered.

Foreign trade: imports and exports. Importation of goods and services is a taxable transaction, whether or not the importation is made for business purposes. Export transactions are exempt from VAT, and credit and refund is available for input VAT for the export goods.

Importation of goods and services. For VAT purposes, any importation of goods or services into Turkey is a taxable transaction, regardless of the status of the importer or the nature of the transaction. To equalise the tax burden on importation and domestic supply of goods and services, VAT is levied only on the importation of goods and services that are liable to tax within Turkey. Accordingly, any transaction exempt in Turkey may also be exempt on import. The VAT on importation is imposed at the same rates applicable to the domestic supply of goods and services. In the case of importation, the taxable event occurs at the time of actual importation. Importation of machinery and equipment under an investment incentive certificate (IIC) is exempt from VAT. 

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How Acumen’s International PEO and Payroll Service can Benefit Your Business in Turkey

Compensating your local and expat workforce in Turkey and closely adhering to Turkish taxation requirements can divert your attention and resources from activities that help your business grow. A reliable global employment solution like Acumen’s Global PEO and Payroll service can take a substantial burden off your shoulders so you can focus on running your company.

Outsourcing the administrative and compliance tasks involved in employee payroll is one approach, but we have a better solution. Acumen International offers a global PEO and payroll solution that goes beyond outsourcing. We hire and compensate your global workforce on your behalf, and take care of all the details of payroll while ensuring full compliance with Turkish labor and taxation laws.

It is important to note that Acumen does not provide international global payroll services as a standalone solution, but only as a part of our global PEO and Payroll solution.

Our comprehensive global PEO and payroll services are just some of the benefits of partnering with Acumen International. We make it easy for you to achieve your business goals in Turkey by officially employing and compensating your best selected global talent – both locals and expats – without concerns for legal and compliance risks faced by global employers.

Disclaimer: Any of the above information is subject to changes imposed by Turkish laws. To get the latest updates on taxation in Turkey and in 190 countries worldwide, contact Acumen’s team of global employment experts.

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