Tax exemptions when working at the UN

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Tax exemptions working for the UN?

Post by Cha » 03 Sep 2018, 05:28

Does anyone know whether employees of the UN pay tax, and if so how does it work?

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Re: Tax exemptions working for the UN?

Post by Enigma » 03 Sep 2018, 08:19

From my reading and understanding of UN vacancies, salaries of UN employees are normally exempt from taxes. Exceptions are I believe US citizens? In such a case, the UN reimburses for the taxes paid I believe.

So, I would say in general that UN employees are exempt from taxes on their the salaries. But i am sure those who are more knowledgeable than me in this field can explain this in detail.

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Re: Tax exemptions working for the UN?

Post by Sebastian » 03 Sep 2018, 08:36

Hey there,

great question - I move this over into a new forum so we can discuss conditions, benefits and entitlements well! I will also chime in with my take later.

Cheers,
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Re: Tax exemptions working for the UN?

Post by Sebastian » 04 Sep 2018, 16:31

Cha wrote:
03 Sep 2018, 05:28
Does anyone know whether employees of the UN pay tax, and if so how does it work?
Alright - none of the following is tax/legal advice - just a reflection of my own experiences :) The basic principle is that income from UN employment is indeed tax free. UN Staff need to pay sort of an "internal tax" call staff assessment which is deducted from their salaries but they are exempt from paying taxes on their income. The one notable exception are US citizen who need to pay taxes no matter where they reside/no matter what job they have. So there is a reimbursement of US-taxes to US citizens.

As a non-US citizen serving in e.g. New York you are not required to pay US income tax on your UN salary
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Re: Tax exemptions when working at the UN

Post by Jannu » 06 Sep 2018, 17:16

After all taxation is depending on your own nationality and their laws. I do know that I don't need to pay taxes to my country from any UN common system salaries but from pension from UN I have to pay.

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Re: Tax exemptions when working at the UN

Post by Pete » 06 Sep 2018, 20:14

Jannu wrote:
06 Sep 2018, 17:16
After all taxation is depending on your own nationality and their laws. I do know that I don't need to pay taxes to my country from any UN common system salaries but from pension from UN I have to pay.
Ok, so the salary is tax free but you will need to pay tax for the pension you receive?

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Re: Tax exemptions when working at the UN

Post by rums22 » 21 Feb 2019, 14:48

Does this tax exemption status apply to employees on individual contractor agreements?

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Re: Tax exemptions when working at the UN

Post by NevKen » 21 Feb 2019, 19:05

rums22 wrote:
21 Feb 2019, 14:48
Does this tax exemption status apply to employees on individual contractor agreements?
NO - ICAs are contracted to do a job as contractors not employee of UN Sec.

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Re: Tax exemptions when working at the UN

Post by xsever » 23 Mar 2019, 19:12

Pete wrote:
06 Sep 2018, 20:14
Jannu wrote:
06 Sep 2018, 17:16
After all taxation is depending on your own nationality and their laws. I do know that I don't need to pay taxes to my country from any UN common system salaries but from pension from UN I have to pay.
Ok, so the salary is tax free but you will need to pay tax for the pension you receive?
Yes the salary is tax free nation-wise, but the UN itself charges a tax on your salary called Staff Assessment. If you enroll in the UN pension fund, extra deductions, on top of the staff assessment, will be applied to your paycheck.

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Re: Tax exemptions when working at the UN

Post by Stevo » 24 Apr 2019, 09:46

NevKen wrote:
21 Feb 2019, 19:05
rums22 wrote:
21 Feb 2019, 14:48
Does this tax exemption status apply to employees on individual contractor agreements?
NO - ICAs are contracted to do a job as contractors not employee of UN Sec.

Hello all,

New member just come across this very informative forum😀

So per my understanding International ICAs aren't employees and therefore aren't entitled to salaries free of income tax.

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