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Payroll in LkSri Lanka.








Country Capital

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte


Sri Lankan rupee (Rs) (LKR)

Sri Lanka is a South Asian country with a large population of over 21 million. Since the country was once ruled by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British, people speak a variety of languages, but Sinhalese and Tamil are the two most common, with English as the link language. If you’re planning an expansion to Sri Lanka, you can benefit from an English-speaking population as well as a large pool of candidates to choose from.

Despite the benefits of an expansion to Sri Lanka, you’ll also need to handle some more challenging aspects, such as setting up your Sri Lanka payroll. You can decide from several Sri Lanka payroll options, including Sri Lanka payroll outsourcing with G-P. Instead of worrying about your payroll, you can outsource with G-P. We’ll add your employees to our compliant payroll so that you don’t have to worry about taxes, employee payment, or related requirements.

Taxation Rules in Sri Lanka

Currently, there is unrest in the country due to the recent economic debacle and the country will remain in unrest for some time to get back to normalcy. Employees can opt to pay their own taxes, which is beneficial to them. Most of the employees pay their own income taxes.

The tax slabs are as under:

  1. Monthly regular profits from employment up to RS. 250,000/- > Relief from Tax
  2. Monthly regular profits from employment exceeding Rs. 250,000/- but not Exceeding Rs. 500,00 > 6% of monthly regular profits from employment less Rs. 15,000/-
  3. Monthly regular profits from employment exceeding Rs. 500,000/- but not Exceeding Rs. 750,000 > 12% of monthly regular profits from employment less Rs. 45,000
  4. Monthly regular profits from employment exceeding Rs. 750,000/- > 18% of monthly regular profits from employment less Rs. 90,000/-

Sri Lanka Payroll Options for Companies

Sri Lanka has four different payroll options your company can choose from:

  • Internal: An internal payroll structure is when you run your own payroll out of your Sri Lanka subsidiary. With this option, you’ll need a larger subsidiary with a full HR staff to help you handle compliance.
  • Remote: If your parent company has many subsidiaries and one payroll, you can add your Sri Lanka employees to that payroll. Keep in mind, however, that every employee from a different country will have different regulations to follow.
  • Sri Lanka payroll processing company: A Sri Lanka payroll processing company is one of two outsourcing options. A local company can handle your payroll for you, but your company will still be responsible for compliance.
  • Sri Lanka payroll outsourcing: Choosing Sri Lanka payroll outsourcing with G-P is the only sure way to outsource your payroll along with all matters of compliance. Our team will add your employees to our payroll and act as the Employer of Record on your behalf.

How to Set Up a Payroll in Sri lanka

Whenever you decide to set up your Sri Lanka payroll, you’ll need a subsidiary first. That subsidiary will allow you to hire employees, provide compensation and benefits, and run your payroll. However, many companies need weeks or months to incorporate, which sets back their timelines for hiring employees and working in the country. Working with G-P means you can use our Sri Lanka PEO to start working immediately while we handle compliance.

Entitlement/Termination Terms

You can help create clear agreements between you and your employees if you establish entitlement and termination terms before you set up your Sri Lanka payroll. Employees can apply for relief under the Termination Act as long as they submit their application to the Commissioner of Labor within six months of the date of termination.

Payroll Processing Company in Sri Lanka

G-P can help you make the most of your expansion to Sri Lanka. Contact us today to learn more about Sri Lanka payroll outsourcing.


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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