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Keep up-to-date with the Gulf’s VAT news

The Indirect Tax team provides updates on a regular basis regarding the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) in the Gulf region.

Here are some of our alerts:The technical specifications and procedural rules for
the implementation of E-invoicing regulations have been released

30 September 2021

 

VAT rate increase in Bahrain

27 September 2021

 

The Oman Tax Authority has issued a VAT Guide for the Real Estate sector

6 July 2021

 

VAT return filing guidance has been released

14 June 2021

 

VAT clarification for the Oil & Gas sector in Oman

10 May 2021

 

Value Added Tax penalties amended in the United Arab Emirates 

2 May 2021

 

VAT in Oman - New clarifications and guidance

22 April 2021

 

VAT is now live in the Sultanate of Oman

11 April 2021

 

VAT social protection initiatives announced

24 March 2021

 

The technical specifications and procedural rules for the implementation of E-invoicing regulations have been released

14 March 2021

 

Oman issues its VAT Executive Regulations

18 February 2021

 

Oman VAT compliance | Less than 60 days until the go live date

3 February 2021

 

The VAT registration process has been announced in Oman

13 January 2021

 

Adjustment of previously deducted input VAT on real estate capital assets

11 January 2021

 

The Oman Tax Authority has released its VAT guides and Executive Decisions

25 October 2020

 

The introduction of VAT in Oman – Law analysis 

22 October 2020

 

UAE supreme court decision 

14 October 2020

 

Oman to implement Value Added Tax from 2021

3 October 2020

 

Major changes to land and property taxation and tax amnesty extended again

24 September 2020

 

How a European Court case could impact businesses operating in the Middle East

23 September 2020

 

What does Brexit mean for Middle East business?

16 September 2020

 

China’s Belt and Road Initiative under scrutiny in the EU

31 August 2020

 

Saudi Customs has extended the data correction scheme

11 August 2020

 

KSA announces extension of the VAT amnesty to 30 September 2020

26 July 2020

 

UAE publishes VAT Public Clarification on zero-rating of export of services

23 July 2020

 

Oman issues excise tax Executive Regulations

1 July 2020

 

UAE amends VAT Executive Regulations

24 June 2020

 

Updated - KSA Customs duty rates to increase significantly

22 June 2020

 

Oman Excise Tax Expansion

4 June 2020

 

UAE Tax Year End adjustments

1 June 2020

 

KSA - Update on VAT refunds for non-resident businesses

31 May 2020

 

KSA Customs duty rates to increase significantly

20 May 2020

 

KSA VAT rate increase: transitional rules published

11 May 2020

 

KSA VAT rate to increase to 15% from 1 July 2020

29 April 2020

 

UAE FTA publishes VAT Public Clarification and updated guidance on the Real Estate sector

22 April 2020

 

UAE VAT return filing and VAT payment deadline extended by one month

12 April 2020

 

UAE VAT refund for foreign businesses

7 April 2020

 

Monitoring the Tax impact of COVID-19

22 March 2020

 

KSA VAT return deadlines extended due to COVID-19

21 March 2020

 

Deadline extended for filing returns and payment of taxes in KSA due to COVID-19

9 February 2020

 

UAE VAT Designated Zones

7 January 2020

 

Tax Year End adjustments

7 November 2019

 

FTA publishes Excise Tax Public Clarification on stockpiling of Excise goods

3 November 2019

 

VAT registration for Bahrain

8 October 2019

 

UAE publishes Cabinet Decision No. 52 and 55 of 2019

8 October 2019

 

The scope of Excisable goods has expanded across the Kingdom

15 September 2019

 

UAE VAT refund for foreign businesses

15 September 2019

 

UAE FTA publishes Cabinet Decision No. 55 of 2019

9 September 2019

 

UAE FTA publishes Cabinet Decision No. 52 of 2019

1 August 2019

 

UAE FTA publishes VAT Public Clarifications on recovery of expenses and financial options

9 June 2019

 

An E-System is now in place for businesses registering for Excise tax

2 June 2019

 

Excise Tax scope and rates announced

31 March 2019

 

Bahrain NBR publishes VAT guide on Financial Services

24 March 2019

 

KSA GAZT publishes VAT guide on Islamic Finance

5 February 2019

 

Bahrain NBR publishes imports and exports VAT guide

4 February 2019

 

UAE FTA publishes Financial Services VAT Guide | VATGFS1

31 December 2018

 

FTA publishes Guide on Input Tax Apportionment

26 December 2018

 

Bahrain government may reconsider start date of VAT

26 December 2018

 

Introduction to the Excise Tax in Oman

20 December 2018

 

Bahrain publishes the bilingual version of its VAT Executive Regulations 

20 December 2018

 

GAZT VAT agents guide - VAT impact on agency arrangements

16 December 2018

 

Bahrain publishes VAT Executive Regulations in Arabic

11 December 2018                               

 

VAT Registration for non – executives in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

4 December 2018

 

Bahrain Value Added Tax implementation update

29 November 2018

 

Bahraini businesses with annual sales exceeding 5m dinars to register for VAT by January 1, 2019 to implement VAT effective 1 January 2019

7 November 2018

 

FTA publishes Public Clarifications on public transportation and farm houses/farm land

24 October 2018

 

Establishment of Special Integrated Logistics Zones

7 October 2018

 

Bahrain published VAT law in Arabic

7 October 2018

 

Bahrain to implement VAT effective 1 January 2019

4 October 2018

 

FTA publishes Guide on VAT treatments of Insurance 

11 September 2018

 

FTA publishes Public Clarification and two new Cabinet decisions

8 August 2018

 

Dubai Customs publishes Customs Notice No. 1/2018 on the submission of customs declarations and required documents

2 August 2018

 

KSA head of Customs Authority inaugurated the Risk Management and Targeting Center

1 August 2018

 

GAZT publishes guide on invoicing and records keeping requirements

29 July 2018

 

FTA publishes Public Clarification on the treatment of input tax on entertainment services

29 July 2018

 

FTA publishes guide on the VAT treatment of Designated Zones

23 July 2018

 

FTA adds requirement to submit bank account validation letter with VAT refund request

18 July 2018

 

FTA publishes guide on voluntary disclosures for VAT and Excise Tax

17 July 2018

 

FTA publishes Public Clarification on the use of exchange rates for VAT purposes

3 July 2018

 

FTA publishes Public Clarification on the VAT treatment of labour accommodation

26 June 2018

 

FTA publishes Public Clarifications on compensation-type payments and goods eligible for the profit margin scheme

21 June 2018

 

UAE Central Bank has amended the application of VAT to capped fees

29 May 2018

 

FTA publishes new Cabinet Decisions granting special VAT treatments to certain industries

17 May 2018

 

Kuwait VAT and Excise updates

14 May 2018

 

The FTA publishes its “VAT refund for building new residences by UAE Nationals” guide   

27 April 2018

 

Risk of non-issuance of Zakat/Tax certificate

25 April 2018

 

FTA releases guide on Clarifications

24 April 2018

 

GAZT has amended the format of the VAT return relating to the sale of first homes to Saudi Citizens

18 April 2018

 

FTA has issued a VAT guide on Director’s Services in Arabic and English

4 April 2018

 

GAZT has published guidance on recovering VAT

3 April 2018

 

The FTA has published a Payment User Guide

3 April 2018

 

GAZT has published new Excise Tax Guidelines

14 March 2018

 

The UAE FTA has published issue 1 of the Taxable Person Guide for VAT

14 March 2018

 

The UAE FTA has published a Cabinet Decision on Charities

13 March 2018

 

The UAE FTA issues summary sheet on VAT Transitional Provisions available in Arabic and English

11 March 2018

 

UAE FTA issues Real Estate VAT guide

1 February 2018

 

Conditions for Tax Representatives of a non-resident person in the Kingdom

1 February 2018

 

Updates for non-established businesses in KSA

24 January 2018

 

UAE has been removed from the EU’s ‘tax haven’ blacklist

24 January 2018

 

KSA issues updated information on VAT Implementing Regulations

18 January 2018

 

UAE FTA defers the first VAT return filing period

14 January 2018

 

KSA has amended some of the VAT Regulations and issued the mechanism of the private educational sector

10 January 2018

 

KSA issues new guides on the transportation sector and transitional provisions

10 January 2018

 

The UAE announces the list of VAT Designated Zones and Zero-rated Medicines

7 January 2018

 

VAT on KSA finance leases

4 January 2018

 

VAT and imported goods in the UAE

4 January 2018

 

The outstanding VAT Cabinet Decisions in the UAE

3 January 2018

 

UAE and KSA launch a VAT Taxpayer Lookup

19 December 2017

 

Contracts silent on VAT - Action required in the UAE before 1 January 2018

13 December 2017

 

The UAE and KSA have published VAT industry guides to help businesses best prepare

10 December 2017

 

The UAE Federal Tax Authority published two summary documents on VAT implementation  

7 December 2017

 

The UAE Federal Tax Authority announces the VAT treatment of selected industries

28 November 2017

 

The UAE has published its final VAT executive regulations

8 October 2017

 

The UAE VAT registration is now open

28 September 2017

 

The UAE has issued its Excise Tax Regulations

27 September 2017

 

The UAE Excise Tax Law will be effective from 1 October 2017

29 August 2017

 

The KSA has published its final VAT Implementing Regulations

27 August 2017

 

The UAE has released the its domestic VAT Law and FTA website

21 August 2017

 

The UAE has released the domestic Excise Tax Law

15 August 2017

 

KSA VAT Registration

8 August 2017

 

Amendments to the Saudi Tax Laws

1 August 2017

 

The UAE has released the text of the Federal Tax Procedures Law

28 July 2017

 

KSA has published its final VAT law

19 July 2017

 

KSA has published its VAT Draft Implementing Regulations

9 July 2017

 

The UAE MOF has updated the details of the VAT FAQ on their website

6 July 2017

 

KSA has launched the VAT pre-registration process

22 June 2017

 

KSA has published new user manuals with regards to the Excise Tax registration

10 June 2017 

 

KSA has announced the implementation of the Excise Tax Law 

6 June 2017 

 

KSA has published the Implementing Regulations for the Excise Tax Law

29 May 2017

 

KSA issues Draft VAT Law

26 May 2017

 

KSA issues Excise Tax Law

7 May 2017

 

The Cabinet of Qatar approves a draft law on VAT and income tax

23 April 2017

 

Kuwait Ministry of Finance published the draft law on Excise Tax

23 April 2017

 

KSA has published the text of the VAT and Excise Treaties

17 April 2017

 

KSA excise law approved by Shurah council

13 April 2017

 

KSA Ministry of Finance published new VAT information

23 March 2017

 

UAE Ministry of Finance launches VAT and Excise awareness sessions    

16 March 2017

 

UAE Federal National Council approves the Federal Tax Procedures law

8 March 2017

 

KSA draft excise duty legislation released

15 February 2017

 

GCC countries signed VAT agreement

29 January 2017

 

KSA Increases customs duty rate on highly consumed products and GCC applies unified customs tariff

11 November 2016

 

Oman announces the introduction of VAT by 1 January 2018

24 October 2016

 

UAE announces establishment of the Federal Tax Authority under Federal Law

3 May 2016                                                 

 

UAE Ministry of Finance publishes new VAT information 

 

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