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Value Added Tax (VAT) in the GCC alerts

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:

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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