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Social Security System in Turkey


SGK = Social Security in Turkey

There is an e-declaration which is sent regularly at the end of following month, which is called “aylık hizmet bildirimi” in Turkish. As mentioned above, clients must provide the power of attorney regarding the password in case the payroll provider will communicate directly with this party. In case there is no edeclaration password a proxy letter is required instead. As mentioned above, the payment date is until the end of following month, and the local payroll provider will be able to pay the premiums on the client’s behalf, as explained above too. The total amount must be paid in local currency (TRL – Turkish Lira).

Bank payments are possible but the client must have a local bank account.

Liability for Social Security:

Social Security contributions are calculated on a monthly basis of monthly wages that are paid jointly by the employee and the employer. Please find below the rate percentages table;

14 %
19,5 %
Unemployment Contribution
1 %
2 %
15 %
21,5 %
5 %
Total Discount Included
15 %
16,5 %

**If the Social Security premium payments are made on time, the employer entitles to the discount.

The rates are applied to social security base which is comprised gross wages, bonuses, and other taxable payments. However there is a ceiling base which is 6360,90TL for the first half of 2013 and the first half of 2013 and 6639,90TL for the second half of 2013.

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