Lebanon

Individual - Deductions

Last reviewed - 23 January 2024

Employment expenses

Reimbursements for expenses and representation allowances below 10% of the basic salaries of managerial staff may be deducted from taxable income.

The following expenses may also be deducted from taxable income:

  • Payments to pension schemes.
  • Scholarships or payments granted by an employer on the birth of a child, on marriage, or death, provided they are granted to all employees and have been approved by the Ministry of Labour.
  • End-of-service indemnities paid in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations.
  • Transportation allowances of LBP 65,000 per day increased to LBP 95,000 per day effective 18 August 2022 for the private sector (as per Decree No. 9849, dated 12 August 2022).
  • Annual schooling allowance of a maximum total amount of LBP 4 million and for a maximum of three children.

University tuitions that teachers are exempt from on behalf of their children are not subject to tax within certain limits, with no need to obtain approval from the MoL.

Article 47 of Budget Law 2019, which amended Article 47 of the Income Tax Law, defined the exempt benefits from payroll tax. Below are the amended exemptions:

  • Pensions given to the military martyr’s heirs or the wounded as per Article 85 of the National Defense Law.
  • Payroll benefits granted to midwives working at hospitals.

Article 38 of Budget Law 2022 provided exemption from payroll tax of salaries of the employees who have been permanently disabled as a result of the Beirut Port explosion.

Personal allowances

Individuals are entitled to family deductions ranging from LBP 37.5 million to LBP 62.5 million starting 1 January 2022 (instead of LBP 7.5 million to LBP 12.5 million) according to the taxpayer's family status (as per Article 27 of Budget Law 2022, dated 15 November 2022).

Business deductions

For sole proprietorships and general partnerships, tax is levied on real profits or profits on a fixed lump-sum basis (a specified percentage, depending on the type of profession, applied to annual revenues to determine taxable profits). Accordingly, no deductions are taken into consideration.

Limited partnerships are allowed the same deductions as those available to corporations. See the Deductions section in the Corporate tax summary for more information.