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Qatar aims for 1 Jan 2019 VAT

  • Mar 3, 2018 | Richard Asquith

Qatar aims for 1 Jan 2019 VAT

Qatar is aiming to introduce VAT on 1 January 2019. It is a member of the 6 Gulf Cooperation Council states that committed to launch a harmonised VAT regime. To date, only Saudi Arabia and UAE have launched the 5% indirect tax system.

The Qatari Tax Office is to shortly release guidance on the treatment of VAT in commercial contracts, and how to act if no provision is made in the legal agreements between companies.


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.