Business in Turkey


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asgari ucretliAmount of minimum wage support will be monthly 99,99 TRY during the 2017, the same amount applied in 2016, however the minimum daily earnings to be taken as base in the application of support will be 110,00/monthly 3.330,00 TRY, instead of daily 85,00/monthly 2.550,00 TRY.

Employers will be receiving daily 3,33 premium refund throughout 2017 for each worker whose wage (earnings subject to premium) were notified under daily gross 110,00 TRY (monthly gross 3.300,00 TL) in 2016, and for each personnel employed in new enterprises established / registered within 2017. The support will be applied by setting-off the support amount (daily 3,33 TL) from the premium debts of the related month.


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vergi beyannamesiStarting from 1st January 2018 withholding tax returns and SSI e-declarations will be combined in a single form under the name of "Withholding Tax and Monthly Premium Service Document” and submitted only to the tax offices until the 23rd of the following month.

Law No. 6740 had already stipulated that income tax withheld by employer and the SSI premiums should be declared in a single form, and now with the General Communique published in the Official Gazette No 29983, dated 18th Feb. 2017, the procedures and principles concerning implementation of the Law became clearer.

3 Questions / Answers on 2017 Government Supports

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issiz tesvikTurkish government, has taken some steps to prevent unemployment by providing SSI premium and tax support for the private sector employers in 2017. We will try to briefly explain these arrangements in three questions; also detailed information can be found in the links provided at the end of every article.

Employing Registered Unemployed of İŞKUR 

Q - What is the nature of the support?

A - Private sector employers will be refunded daily 22,22 TRY of total SSI premiums to be paid for each personnel who are employed amongst the registered unemployed of İŞKUR until 31st December 2017; the withholding tax applied on minimum wage will be set-off from the withholding tax return after the minimum living allowance is applied. Besides, stamp tax deducted from minimum wage will not be declared and not paid.

Missing Day Declaration

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Number of working days within a month is considered 30, regardless of the actual number of days the month includes. In other words workdays of January (31 days), February (28 or 29 days) or March (30 days) is the same.  

Social Insurance and General Health Insurance Law Number 5510, Article 3-14 reads as follows;

14) (Amended: 17/4/2008 - 5754/1st Art.) Month: shall mean, for the insurance holders under items (a) and (c) of the first paragraph of Article 4, whose wages are payable on 15th of each month, the time period between 15th of a month and the 15th of the next month, and for other insurance holders, the time period between the 1st of the month and the end of that month, and which is deemed to be thirty days,”

Retirement Conditions in Turkey

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emeklilik hesabıThe retirement age depends on the date of entrance into SSI (Social Security Institution) in Turkey. There are several eras determined by the issuance of consecutive legislation that made the age of eligibility very complex; also alternative eligibility conditions exist within these eras.


Persons first time insured between above dates will be eligible for old age pension

  •  With 7 000 days of contributions at the age of 58 (women) or 60 (man).
  • Or alternatively 25 years in the system with 4500 premium payment at the age of 58 (women) or 60 (man).

FAQs on Press Labor Law in Turkey

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Who are in the scope of Press Labor Law?

Persons employed in periodical newspapers and magazines, news and photograph agencies, news departments of radio and television companies, under following titles are considered as press members and subject to Press Labor Law (Law on Sector Regulations between Press Employees and Employers) No. 5953.

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