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Contents:

Resource Guide
Afghanistan Business Registration Procedures for Canadian companies
Key contacts for Business Licensing in Afghanistan
Canadian Embassy in Kabul – Economic Section
Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Trade, Transit and Investment Directorate
Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA)
Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI)

Afghanistan's Tax Requirements
Afghanistan's Full Tax Laws
Afghanistan Business Gateway


Resource guide


Afghanistan Business Registration Procedures for Canadian companies

How do I register my Company in Afghanistan as a foreign Business?

  • A company must first be licensed and in good standing in the Canada to be licensed as a Canadian/foreign company in Afghanistan. You must also have a physical address, telephone # and contact for your office in Afghanistan. You may begin by having notarized a copy of your Canadian Business License, (if not incorporated) Articles of Incorporation (if incorporated) and any powers of Attorney and have each of these documents attested by your state and Federal Government authorities.
  • Have any Powers of Attorney translated into Dari (Farsi) or Pashto and include along with your original Canadian attested documents (from Step 1 above) to the Consulate Section of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Ottawa or Toronto or Vancouver for attestation of the final set of documents by the Afghan Government in Canada.
  • Take the final set of Consulate attested documents along with your company’s tax ID # and a copy of Canadian passports of key Principals of the company (President, V.P) to the Canadian Embassy in Kabul (Economic Section) for issuance of a referral letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan in Kabul.
  • Bring your Canadian Embassy referral letter together with all documents to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul (the Trade, Transit and Investment Directorate) who will the issue a final referral letter either to the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) or the Ministry of Commerce & Industry (MoCI) depending on the nature of your work.
  • If your company deals with investment-related sectors including Services, Consulting, Logistics, Transport (see  www.aisa.org.af  for full list and information), take all documents from above steps together with the license application to AISA to obtain an “Investment License”. In order to obtain a “Trade” Business License (for Import/ Export activities) follow all the above stated procedures except that you should go to the MoCI Business Licensing Department for final processing of your license. In some cases you will need to register in both places, depending on the nature of your company’s work.

Key contacts for Business Licensing in Afghanistan:

Canadian Embassy in Kabul – Economic Section

Hameed Khan Mubtakir

Trade Commissioner

Canadian Embassy Kabul

Street # 15, Wazir Akbar Khan, Kabul

Hameedkhan.Mubtakir@international.gc.ca

Telephone: +93(0) 701 108 800 EXT: 3779 / Mobile: +93(0)796095389

Government of Canada  

Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Trade, Transit and Investment Directorate

Website:  www.mfa.gov.af

Telephone: +93(0)20-210-0377
Address: Malik Azghar Road, Kabul, Afghanistan
Email:  contact@mfa.gov.af

 

Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA)

Website:  www.aisa.af.org
Telephone: 0093(0) 20-210-3404
Address: Opposite Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kabul, Afghanistan
Email:  invest@aisa.org.af

Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI)

Website:  www.commerce.gov.af
Telephone: 0093-(0)700-225-718
Address: Darul Aman Road, Karte Se, Kabul, Afghanistan




 
Afghanistan's tax requirements


Afghanistan's Full Tax Laws

Rental Tax Withholding

  • When paying a monthly rent of  0 AFA to 10,000 AFA , then you should withhold  0%  and file within 15 days after the end of month in which payment was made.
  • When paying a monthly rent of  10,000 AFA to 100,000 AFA , then you should withhold  10% flat  and file within 15 days after end of month in which payment was made.
  • When paying a monthly rent of  over 100,000 , then you should withhold  15% flat  and file within 15 days after end of month in which payment was made.

Employee Tax Withholding

  • When paying a monthly salary of  0 AFA to 5,000 AFA , then you should withhold  0%  and file within 10 days after the end of the month in which the payment was made.
  • When paying a monthly salary of  5,000 AFA to 12,500 AFA , then you should withhold  2% of amount over 5,000 AFA  and file within 10 days after the end of the month in which the payment was made.
  • When paying a monthly salary of  12,500 AFA to 100,000 AFA , then you should withhold  150 AFA + 10% over 12,500 AFA  and file within 10 days after the end of the month in which the payment was made.
  • When paying a monthly salary of  over 100,000 AFA , then you should withhold  8,900 Af+ 20% over 100,000 AFA  and file within 10 days after the end of the month in which the payment was made.

Contractor Tax Withholding

  • When paying a sub-contractor  under 500,000 AFA per year , then you should withhold  0 AFA  and file within 10 days after the end of the month in which payment was made.
  • When paying a sub-contractor  over 500,000 AFA per year to a company with an AISA license , then you should withhold  2% flat  and file within 10 days after the end of the month in which payment was made.
  • When paying a sub-contractor  over 500,000 AFA per year to a company without an ASIA license , then you should withhold  7% flat  and file within 10 days after the end of the month in which payment was made.

Business Receipts Tax Return

  • When revenue is from a contract with a valid contract specific tax exemption on file with the Ministry of Finance, then you should pay  0%  and file within 15 days after the end of quarter in which the payment was made.
  • When revenue is from all other contracts, then you should pay  2% flat  and file within 15 days after the end of quarter in which the payment was made.

Annual Income Tax Return

  • When revenue is from a contract with a valid contract specific tax exemption on file with the Ministry of Finance, then you should pay  0 AFA  and file within 3 months after the end of the year.
  • When revenue is from all other contracts, then you should pay  20% of profit after all allowable expenses  and file within 3 months after the end of the year.

For all further inquiries please contact (Office Hours Mon. – Fri, 9:00am – 1:00pm):

Dr Ghulam Nayab: In charge of Business Development and Promotion Program

Embassy of Afghanistan in Ottawa Canada
240 Argyle Avenue, Ottawa ON K2P1B9
Tel.: +1613-563-4223 
Cell: +1647-408-3211
Fax: +1 613-563-4962
Email: g.nayab@afghanembassy.ca
Website: http://www.afghanemb-canada.net

 




 
Afghanistan Business Gateway


Follow this link to   Afghanistan's Business Resource Center




 
 
     
   
 
 
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