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Qatar VAT delay until after 2019

  • Dec 20, 2018 | Richard Asquith

The Qatar Ministry of Finance has confirmed that it will not introduce a Value Added Tax regime in 2019. The ministry stated it is still evaluating the potential impacts.

Qatar is one of the six Arab Gulf states which committed in 2017 to introducing a harmonised 5% VAT regime. However, only Saudi Arabia and the UAE achieved this in 2018. Bahrain is planning to launch its VAT system on 1 January 2019. Oman will follow in October 2019. Kuwait is likely to wait for at least a further year.


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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.
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