Tax Avoidance by Foreign Workers Costs Cambodia Over US$23 Million Yearly

Cambodia loses more than US$23 million annually because foreign workers working in the country avoid taxes.

The concern was shared by Deputy Prime Minister, Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng, Minister of Interior, at an annual meeting held here in late February.

Besides, he added, some enterprises did not report the real number of its foreign workers and continue to employ the illegal ones.

According to Samdech Sar Kheng, there are some 160,000 foreign workers in Cambodia, but only 57,000 of them hold work permits.

The DPM also took the opportunity to remind the local authorities not to issue improper Cambodian administrative documents for foreigners living in Cambodia.

The majority of foreign workers in Cambodia are Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipino, and Thai. Most of them work in casinos, construction sites, mine exploration, and agro-plantations.

Cambodia has so far deported thousands of undocumented immigrants who came from more than 70 countries to work and live illegally in the country.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press