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Kuwait approves VAT and excise draft laws

  • Aug 11, 2017 | Richard Asquith

Kuwait approves VAT and excise draft laws

Kuwait has accepted this week draft implementation laws from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for new VAT and excise taxes.

Kuwait is one of the six member states of the GCC, all of which are planning to introduce 5% VAT over the next year.  Only Saudi Arabia and the UAE are likely to launch on 1 Jan 2018.  The other four countries plan to follow later in the year. These include: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: richard.asquith@avalara.com. He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.