United Arab Emirates

UAE conference and event VAT refunds

May 17th, 2018

The United Arab Emirates cabinet has approved a change in the law to provide refunds of VAT charged to non-residents businesses by local event organizers. This is generally accepted practice in the EU and many other countries with VAT regimes. VAT which may be reclaimed includes: entrance fees; sponsorship and advertising; charges for exhibiting; and …


Kuwait

Kuwait delays VAT till 2021

May 15th, 2018

Kuwait’s parliamentary committee has said today that the introduction of a 5% VAT regime has been delayed until 2021. The postponement is likely down to strong opposition, and the recovery of the crude oil price from $40 to almost $80 in the past year. The Gulf state will proceed with introducing 200 million dinars in …


Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia 4,700 VAT violations

April 23rd, 2018

Following the 1 January 2018 launch of 5% VAT in Saudi Arabia, over 4,700 violations have been found from 12,578 audits of businesses. The figures come from the General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT). Sectors targeted included retail malls, consumer electronics, pharmacies and gold stores. Most of the non-compliance errors were failure to VAT …


United Arab Emirates

UAE pre-VAT contracts

March 13th, 2018

The United Arab Emirates’ Federal Tax Authority has issued guidance on 3 March on the VAT liabilities for parties in contracts spanning the 1 January 2018 introduction of VAT. Where a contract does not make clear which party will be liable for VAT, and quotes only a VAT exclusive price, then it automatically falls to …


Qatar

Qatar aims for 1 Jan 2019 VAT

March 4th, 2018

Qatar is aiming to introduce VAT on 1 January 2019. It is a member of the 6 Gulf Cooperation Council states that committed to launch a harmonised VAT regime. To date, only Saudi Arabia and UAE have launched the 5% indirect tax system. The Qatari Tax Office is to shortly release guidance on the treatment …


Bahrain

Bahrain VAT launch by end of 2018

February 23rd, 2018

The Bahraini Finance Minister has confirmed the Gulf state’s plan to launch a 5% VAT regime before the end of 2018. The implementation date could be 1 October 2018.  “We’ll be working with parliament on VAT and aim to have everything set up by the end of 2018,” Sheikh Ahmed said. Bahrain, along with Kuwait, …


Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia simplified VAT invoice

January 30th, 2018

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is relaxing the requirement to produce simplified invoices for B2C sales under the new VAT regime. Initially following the 1 January 2018 introduction of VAT, simplified VAT invoices could only be produced for all sales below Riyals 1,000.  However, the General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT) now states that this is …


United Arab Emirates

UEA e-commerce liable to 5% VAT

January 27th, 2018

The United Arab Emirates tax office, the Federal Tax Authority, has confirmed that e-commerce sales to consumers by foreign vendors are liable to the new 5% VAT regime. Supplies include both physical goods and digital services (i.e. income from: streaming media; apps; software; e-books; journals; and membership sites).  There is an annual selling threshold of …


United Arab Emirates

UAE delays first VAT returns

January 23rd, 2018

The United Arab Emirates Federal Tax Authority has relaxed the initial filing dates for the new VAT regime, launched on 1 January 2018. This is to provide businesses, particularly smaller enterprises, time to adjust to the new indirect tax. Under the new VAT regime, businesses with a turnover above DH150million are required to file monthly …