Your guide to doing business in Lebanon
Registrations will depend on the legal form of the establishment. If it is a foreign company they should open a branch or a representation office in Lebanon. They should send the decision by official minutes and it should be legalized. In Lebanon you should appoint a lawyer in order to register the minutes of the ministry of the economy to obtain an authorization and then to be registered at the commercial register and they have to appoint a Lebanese manager for the entity.
After preparing all the necessary documents it normally takes between one week and 10 days to complete the registration process.
The procedure of registering a company is as follows:-
Designate a Lebanese Lawyer
Each newly formed company must retain and pay an attorney on an annual basis.
Deposit the Capital in a Lebanese Bank account
This procedure can be carried out on the basis of a signed (or notarized) copy of the articles of association. This can sometimes take more than 2 days and accrues no charge. For a personal entity or a branch it is not necessary
Register at the Company Registry
The applicant submits the following documents to the company registrar at the Ministry of Justice, along with the total amount of required fees:
It is mandatory to have an in-country bank account to process payroll in Lebanon Banks are open Monday till Friday (8:00am till 4:30pm) and Saturday (8:00am till 1:00pm).
All the banks are closed on Sunday and during official holidays.
The typical working week in Lebanon is Monday to Friday from 8am until 5.30pm. Most offices are closed at the weekend.
Basic Facts about Lebanon
Full Name: Lebanon Republic
Major Language: Arabic Major
Religion: Islam and Christianity
Currency: Lebanese Pound
Internet Domain: .lb
International Dialling Code: +961
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The income tax on salaries should be submitted and paid as below;
Income tax law imposes a tax on all wages, salaries including overtime, gratuities and fringe benefits, after deduction of family allowances. Employers withhold the amounts due from salaries and remit them to tax authorities.
Lebanon commits to the principles of equality in rights and obligations and to the improvement of the socio-economic situation, which ensures the rights of its citizens through a comprehensive social approach, endorsed by all the Lebanese, to confirm social security on the basis of justice and equal opportunities.
It is important to understand that it is not an employee‘s responsibility to register with the social securities.
The employer must register all their employees and will deduct the part that should be paid by the employee at source and pay it on his behalf in addition to the rest of the taxes and social security contributions.
The Social Security contribution is as follow:
% paid by the Employee:
For sickness and Maternity (Medical): 2% (ceiling of lbp 2,500,000)
% paid by the Employer:
For sickness and Maternity (Medical):7% (ceiling of lbp 2,500,000) Family Allowances: 6% (ceiling of lbp 1,500,000) End of service Allowance: 8.5% (on the whole salary)
Monthly Reporting Social Security for less than 10 employees should be done after each quarter of the year and its related payments should be done before the end of the following quarter. For 10 employees and more, the reporting should be made on monthly basis and its related payments made before the end of the following month. This needs to be paid before the end of next month.
Any delays in the tax or social security payment will be subject to the penalty.
New Starts need to be registered within 15 days from the starting date, at the ministry of finance and the social security.
The following registration form should be filled and submitted to the Ministry of finance:
The forms can be found in the company web page or Employment authority’s website.
The documents required for the registration are as follows-
For Single: copy of the ID
For Married: extract from the family civil register, issuance date does not exceed 3 months.
The other details required for the New Starts are –
The company must provide payroll authorities with the registrations numbers at the MOF and NSSF.
Leavers In Lebanon Leavers are required to fill and sign the leaver’s form which must be submitted to the ministry of finance R7 at the end of the year, as well as a clearance letter to the Employer.