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Payroll in GtGuatemala.






Country Capital

Guatemala City


Quetzal (GTQ)

Guatemala is a Central American country bordering the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Its beauty, large population, and connection to other Central American countries make it a great place for companies to expand to. However, expanding to Guatemala can turn into a complicated process as you handle payroll, hiring, benefits, and more while continuing to run your parent company.

G-P is a global PEO that strives to help businesses expand across borders. We offer Guatemala payroll outsourcing services to help outsource payrolls and handle compliance. When you work with us, you can feel confident in the experts behind your Guatemala payroll.

Taxation Rules in Guatemala

Guatemala requires both employees and employers to contribute to certain tax funds. For example, both groups must contribute to social security at varying rates — employers give 12.67% of wages while employees give 4.83%.

Employers are also responsible for paying corporate income taxes. You can choose to pay taxes on either profits from income or revenues from income. Profits from income are subject to a flat 25% tax rate with deductions allowed, while revenues from income are subject to a rate based on gross receipts without any deductions.

Guatemala Payroll Options for Companies

Companies expanding to Guatemala don’t have to set up their own payroll out of their subsidiary. There are four main Guatemala payroll options, including:

  • Remote: Does your parent company already utilize its own payroll? If so, you can choose to add your subsidiary’s employees to this payroll as well, but they’ll have separate tax laws and regulations to follow.
  • Internal: You can also choose to run your own internal payroll out of your subsidiary. Usually only large companies choose this option since it requires a bigger budget to hire additional staff.
  • Guatemala payroll processing company: If you would rather outsource your payroll, you can through a Guatemala payroll processing company. This option will take care of running your payroll, but you’ll still be held compliant.
  • Guatemala payroll outsourcing: Guatemala payroll outsourcing through G-P is ideal for all companies. We can set up your Guatemala payroll and handle compliance.

How to Set Up a Payroll in Guatemala

Before you can set up your Guatemala payroll, you need to establish a subsidiary in the country. However, the subsidiary setup process can take weeks or months, and that’s before you can hire employees, add them to your payroll, and disperse compensation and benefits. G-P offers an alternative solution through our Employer of Record solution. We’ll use our existing subsidiary to help you start working faster, and we’ll take the compliance off your shoulders, handling it ourselves.

Entitlement/Termination Terms

The right entitlement and termination terms included in an employment contract can save your company from future problems. We recommend including these terms in an employment contract before setting up your payroll. For example, after terminating an employee, you must pay any salary still owed, the proportional amount of vacation, and more.

Payroll Processing Company in Guatemala

G-P will use Guatemala payroll outsourcing to streamline your expansion. Contact us today to learn more.


THIS CONTENT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL OR TAX ADVICE. You should always consult with and rely on your own legal and/or tax advisor(s). G-P does not provide legal or tax advice. The information is general and not tailored to a specific company or workforce and does not reflect G-P’s product delivery in any given jurisdiction. G-P makes no representations or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of this information and shall have no liability arising out of or in connection with it, including any loss caused by use of, or reliance on, the information.

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