Q: What is a Ministry of Finance number?
A: The Ministry of Finance is a Lebanese institution that manages the government’s finances and collects taxes from its citizens. If you are a Lebanese citizen, it is your responsibility to pay taxes to the Ministry of Finance on your income in a given fiscal year in exchange for basic services like road maintenance. The Ministry of Finance issues numbers for all Lebanese citizens or residents who are earning money as independent contractors (Jaleesa babysitters are independent contractors).
Q: What are the documents required for the Ministry of Finance number?
A: 1. Copy of the ID document
2. House ownership certificate or house rent contract.
Q: I do not want to get an Ministry of Finance number. What are my options?
A: If you do not wish to provide us with an Ministry of Finance, we will deduct 7.5% of your income each month to pay your income taxes as a freelancer.
Q: What happens on the months I do not work?
A: The deduction is a percentage of your earnings. If you do not earn any money, you do not pay the tax. 7.5% of 0 is 0!
Q: Am I a Jaleesa employee?
A: No. All babysitters are independent contractors that access job opportunities via Jaleesa. When you sign the contract to become a Jaleesa babysitter, you become entitled to the following: access to job opportunities, hotline support while you are working, professional liability insurance, free induction training, and access to our community events.
Q: What is the difference between full-time employees, part-time employees, and independent contractors?
A: Please find the following definitions. Please note that Jaleesa babysitters are independent contractors:
- A full-time employee works 46 to 48 hours per week with one company and is entitled to social security (not the case with you and Jaleesa)
- A part-time employee works fewer than 40 hours a week and is not entitled to social security or insurance (not the case with you and Jaleesa)
- Independent contractors work by the hour, meaning you get paid when you work, and not when you don’t work (this is the case for Jaleesa babysitters)
Q: Does Jaleesa provide me with social security?
A: No, because you are not a full time employee of Jaleesa.
Q: Does Jaleesa provide me with insurance?
A: Yes, Jaleesa provides you with professional liability insurance to protect you while you are working. Jaleesa does not currently provide babysitters with health insurance.
Q: Why is Jaleesa now taking 7.5% of my earnings?
A: Jaleesa is an registered company that operates legally under the Lebanese law. The law forces us to either share the Ministry of Finance number of the person we are paying, or pay taxes on their behalf. If we do not do this, Jaleesa will be fined, and we will likely need to close the company, meaning none of us will be earning a salary at all.
Q: What are the risks of not doing a Ministry of Finance number, and not agreeing to pay the tax?
A: Jaleesa will not work with anyone on an illegal basis. Your options are:
- Get a Ministry of Finance number and pay your income tax at the end of the fiscal year
- If you don’t pay your income tax you risk being fined 2,000,000 LL by the government
- Not get a Ministry of Finance number and let Jaleesa pay your income tax for you (7.5% of your salary)
- Seek out other employment
Q: Can I put Jaleesa’s address as the place of work?
A: No, because your place of work changes from session to session. When you go to the Ministry, tell them you’re a babysitter and your place of work changes frequently.
Q: Why is Jaleesa causing me this headache now?
A: This is not new. Since September 2017 we have covered this issue in every training. We have now reached a point where we are risking fines which would mean that we would not be able to continue to grow. This would be bad for everyone, including babysitters.
Please reach out to me with further questions via email (in English or Arabic) to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will research your question and get back to you, and share your concerns with your Jaleesa community.