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Expatriate Insurance News: Bahrain business leaders 'demand scrapping of expat tax'

Businesspeople have been protesting outside government buildings in Bahrain in an attempt to persuade the government to scrap a tax on employing expatriates.

More than 100 people grouped outside the Labour Market Regulatory Authority’s (LMRA) office on Sunday to call on the authority to drop a charge on each expatriate employee given work in Bahrain, the Gulf Daily News reported.

Protesters accused the authority of stealing their money, arguing that a tax on expatriate workers amounted to theft.

LMRA introduced the tax in 2008, requiring all companies to pay a monthly charge of ten dinars (£18) for each expatriate employee, in addition to a BD200 payment every time an expat’s contract is renewed.

Some of the money goes towards Tamkeen, a body designed to help Bahrain nationals train for work.

However, some owners of small businesses argue that the tax is unfair because they rely on foreign employees to do the jobs that Bahraini nationals are not prepared to do, the newspaper explained.

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