Colombia Payroll Services



Colombia Payroll Services

are an important and integral part of any corporation in Colombia. In this article you will find a description of the different employee benefits for Colombian employees. It’s important to understand your responsibilities to pay these obligations are strictly enforced by the Colombian Work Ministry. A failure to not understand the laws because you have a new corporation is not a valid excuse under Colombian law.

It’s important to have a certified accountant and experienced attorney correctly setup work contracts and employee benefits to eliminate risks of lawsuits, including everything from on the job injuries to workers, to employees who make legal claims upon termination of their contract with the employer.

As a complementary service our human resources department has extensive experience in hiring, employee screening, background checks, firing, payroll services, and on the job disciplinary reports. Our employee screening service offers home visits to job applicants homes, which is common for jobs in financial and security fields.

Here is a summary of the many payments and provisional benefits an employer must make during the course of having an employee in Colombia:

Understanding Colombian Payroll Taxes

A) Monthly Payments for employee benefits

1) Salud - EPS Health Insurance
2) Pension – Pension – Social Security
3) ARL - Professional Risk  - Workers Insurance
4) Parafiscales -  (taxes and parafiscal contributions)
A) SENA - Gov. Education Program – SENA educación institución
B) ICBF -  Family Health Services Tax - Bien Estar Familiar
C) CCF - (Employee Benefit Fund - Caja de Compensación)
D) Fosyga - Fondo de solidaridad y garantia
Fondo de salud y eventos catastróficos
Fund & Gaurantee for catastropic health events.

B) Provisional Costs - (Paid on termination of contract, end of year & mid year)

1) Prima de Servicios - Minimum Employee Bonus Required by Law
PAID by end of June 1/2 Monthly Salary, & end of December  1/2 Monthly Salary

2) Vacaciones - Vacation Pay
      15 Business days in a year *(1st year)

3) Cesantías - (Serverence - forced goverment savings)

4) Intereses a las cesantías - Serverence - Interest on forced government savings
Pay before each january 31st to employee directly.

The initial accountant certification for any new worker, and the workers employment contract (written by an attorney) are very important for any new employee/employer. Employees or independent contractors must declare their salaries with various government entities, and it is very important to do this correctly in order to avoid any legal problems with regulatory agencies. This is another reason an independent company like CL & A should be in charge of making and overseeing these payments.

Call us today to receive a certified cost projection for hiring employees and managing payroll services in Colombia.