Learn more about VAT in Gulf Cooperation Council member states

With the introduction of value-added tax in the Gulf Cooperation Council member states as of January 2018, our recognised expertise and in-depth experience in the VAT field enables us to provide our clients with top-quality services through a local presence close to the business of our clients.

VAT is an indirect consumption tax that must be charged by businesses to their clients on most supplies of goods and services, at a rate of 5% for companies established in or doing business in the GCC countries - the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.

The imposition of VAT affects businesses involved in:

  • Manufacturing, distribution or sale of goods
  • Banking or investment fund services
  • Construction, sale or letting of real estate
  • Supply of telecommunications or IT services
  • Supply of goods or services in the healthcare sector
  • Transportation of goods
  • Any other economic activity involving other businesses or final consumers

How we can help

Arendt's dedicated team of VAT experts at our office in Dubai can help our clients:

  • Identify the impact of VAT on their business
  • Understand the national VAT rules applying to the business
  • Manage VAT risks and mitigate VAT exposure in existing contracts and future operations
  • Optimise VAT recovery on costs incurred by the business
  • Assist with the proper management of VAT compliance obligations, from VAT registration and the filing of returns to deregistration of the business
  • Deal with the Federal Tax Authority in cases of appeals against tax assessments or for information requests

VAT Scan

Order a VAT Scan of your business to obtain a rapid and concrete diagnosis of your VAT compliance obligations. Click on the document below for more information.

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