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Nov 22, 2017 (Newsletter Issue 20/17)
Saudi Arabia
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Value Added Tax Rate Implemented Soon

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are set to implement VAT (Value Added Tax) in their jurisdictions. The VAT will apply to goods and services at the standard rate of five percent, with some limited exceptions on basic food items, healthcare, and education.

All IP matters in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates filed as on January 1, 2018, will be subject to VAT, as well as all pending stages for the previous work.

The VAT Law is based on the common principles agreed by all Gulf Cooperation Council countries as outlined in the GCC VAT framework agreement. Each member state of the GCC (which also includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar) is expected to establish their own separate national legislation concerning the VAT and as such the detailed compliance requirements and set of rules.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar