Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Implements a New VAT

Posted by Kristine Bols

Companies importing into the GCC States (Gulf Cooperation Council: Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar) will no longer be able to move their goods across borders tax-free. Effective January 1, 2018, a 5 percent Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate will be implemented, based on a 2015 Agreement laid-out at the 36th Meeting of the Supreme Council of the in Riyadh. The Agreement aims to establish a common legal framework for the introduction of a general tax (VAT) levied on the import and supply of goods and services at each stage of production and distribution.

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