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GCC indirect tax news 

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

March 24, 2021


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

March 14, 2021


Oman issues its VAT Executive Regulations

February 18, 2021


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

February 3, 2021


The VAT registration process has been announced in Oman

January 13, 2021


Adjustment of previously deducted input VAT on real estate capital assets

January 11, 2021


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

October 25, 2020


The introduction of VAT in Oman – Law analysis 

October 22, 2020


UAE supreme court decision 

October 14, 2020


Oman to implement Value Added Tax from 2021

October 3, 2020


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

September 24, 2020


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

September 23, 2020


What does Brexit mean for Middle East business?

September 16, 2020


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

August 31, 2020


Saudi Customs has extended the data correction scheme

August 11, 2020


KSA announces extension of the VAT amnesty to 30 September 2020

July 26, 2020


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

July 23, 2020


Oman issues excise tax Executive Regulations

July 1, 2020


UAE amends VAT Executive Regulations

June 24, 2020


Updated - KSA Customs duty rates to increase significantly

June 22, 2020


Oman Excise Tax Expansion

June 4, 2020


UAE Tax Year End adjustments

June 1, 2020


KSA - Update on VAT refunds for non-resident businesses

May 31, 2020


KSA Customs duty rates to increase significantly

May 20, 2020


KSA VAT rate increase: transitional rules published

May 11, 2020


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

April 29, 2020


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

April 22, 2020


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

April 12, 2020


UAE VAT refund for foreign businesses

April 7, 2020


Monitoring the Tax impact of COVID-19

March 22, 2020


KSA VAT return deadlines extended due to COVID-19

March 21, 2020


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

February 9, 2020


UAE VAT Designated Zones

January 7, 2020


Tax Year End adjustments

November 7, 2019


FTA publishes Excise Tax Public Clarification on stockpiling of Excise goods

November 3, 2019


VAT registration for Bahrain

October 8, 2019


UAE publishes Cabinet Decision No. 52 and 55 of 2019

October 8, 2019


The scope of Excisable goods has expanded across the Kingdom

September 15, 2019


UAE VAT refund for foreign businesses

September 15, 2019


UAE FTA publishes Cabinet Decision No. 55 of 2019

September 9, 2019


UAE FTA publishes Cabinet Decision No. 52 of 2019

August 1, 2019


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

June 9, 2019


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

June 2, 2019


Excise Tax scope and rates announced

March 31, 2019


Bahrain NBR publishes VAT guide on Financial Services

March 24, 2019


KSA GAZT publishes VAT guide on Islamic Finance

February 5, 2019


Bahrain NBR publishes imports and exports VAT guide

February 4, 2019


UAE FTA publishes Financial Services VAT Guide | VATGFS1

December 31, 2018


FTA publishes Guide on Input Tax Apportionment

December 26, 2018


Bahrain government may reconsider start date of VAT

December 26, 2018


Introduction to the Excise Tax in Oman

December 20, 2018


Bahrain publishes the bilingual version of its VAT Executive Regulations 

December 20, 2018


GAZT VAT agents guide - VAT impact on agency arrangements

December 16, 2018


Bahrain publishes VAT Executive Regulations in Arabic

December 11, 2018                               


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

December 4, 2018


Bahrain Value Added Tax implementation update

November 29, 2018


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

November 7, 2018


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

October 24, 2018


Establishment of Special Integrated Logistics Zones

October 7, 2018


Bahrain published VAT law in Arabic

October 7, 2018


Bahrain to implement VAT effective 1 January 2019

October 4, 2018


FTA publishes Guide on VAT treatments of Insurance 

September 11, 2018


FTA publishes Public Clarification and two new Cabinet decisions

August 8, 2018


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

August 2, 2018


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

August 1, 2018


GAZT publishes guide on invoicing and records keeping requirements

July 29, 2018


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

July 29, 2018


FTA publishes guide on the VAT treatment of Designated Zones

July 23, 2018


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

July 18, 2018


FTA publishes guide on voluntary disclosures for VAT and Excise Tax

July 17, 2018


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

July 3, 2018


FTA publishes Public Clarification on the VAT treatment of labour accommodation

June 26, 2018


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

June 21, 2018


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

May 29, 2018


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

May 17, 2018


Kuwait VAT and Excise updates

May 14, 2018


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

April 27, 2018


Risk of non-issuance of Zakat/Tax certificate

April 25, 2018


FTA releases guide on Clarifications

April 24, 2018


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

April 18, 2018


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

April 4, 2018


GAZT has published guidance on recovering VAT

April 3, 2018


The FTA has published a Payment User Guide

April 3, 2018


GAZT has published new Excise Tax Guidelines

March 14, 2018


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

March 14, 2018


The UAE FTA has published a Cabinet Decision on Charities

March 13, 2018


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

March 11, 2018


UAE FTA issues Real Estate VAT guide

February 1, 2018


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

February 1, 2018


Updates for non-established businesses in KSA

January 24, 2018


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

January 24, 2018


KSA issues updated information on VAT Implementing Regulations

January 18, 2018


UAE FTA defers the first VAT return filing period

January 14, 2018


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

January 10, 2018


KSA issues new guides on the transportation sector and transitional provisions

January 10, 2018


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

January 7, 2018


VAT on KSA finance leases

January 4, 2018


VAT and imported goods in the UAE

January 4, 2018


The outstanding VAT Cabinet Decisions in the UAE

January 3, 2018


UAE and KSA launch a VAT Taxpayer Lookup

December 19, 2017


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

December 13, 2017


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

December 10, 2017


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

December 7, 2017


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

November 28, 2017:


The UAE has published its final VAT executive regulations

October 8, 2017:


The UAE VAT registration is now open

September 28, 2017:


The UAE has issued its Excise Tax Regulations

September 27, 2017:


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

August 29, 2017:


The KSA has published its final VAT Implementing Regulations

August 27, 2017:


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

August 21, 2017:


The UAE has released the domestic Excise Tax Law

August 15, 2017:


KSA VAT Registration

August 8, 2017:


Amendments to the Saudi Tax Laws

August 1, 2017:


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

July 28, 2017:


KSA has published its final VAT law

July 19, 2017


KSA has published its VAT Draft Implementing Regulations

July 9, 2017:


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

July 6, 2017:


KSA has launched the VAT pre-registration process

June 22, 2017:


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

June 10, 2017 :


KSA has announced the implementation of the Excise Tax Law 

June 6, 2017 :


KSA has published the Implementing Regulations for the Excise Tax Law

May 29, 2017:


KSA issues Draft VAT Law

May 26, 2017:


KSA issues Excise Tax Law

May 7, 2017:


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

April 23, 2017:


Kuwait Ministry of Finance published the draft law on Excise Tax

April 23, 2017:


KSA has published the text of the VAT and Excise Treaties

April 17, 2017:


KSA excise law approved by Shurah council

April 13, 2017:


KSA Ministry of Finance published new VAT information

March 23, 2017:


UAE Ministry of Finance launches VAT and Excise awareness sessions    

March 16, 2017:


UAE Federal National Council approves the Federal Tax Procedures law

March 8, 2017:


KSA draft excise duty legislation released

February 15, 2017:


GCC countries signed VAT agreement

January 29, 2017:


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

November 11, 2016:


Oman announces the introduction of VAT by 1 January 2018

October 24, 2016:


UAE announces establishment of the Federal Tax Authority under Federal Law

May 3, 2016:                                                      


UAE Ministry of Finance publishes new VAT information 


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