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Saudi Arabia removes private education from VAT

  • Jan 13, 2018 | Richard Asquith

Saudi Arabia removes private education from VAT

Saudi Arabia has reclassified privately provided education as zero-rated for VAT from standard rated. The change will match the classification of non-state supplied education used in most other countries with a VAT regime.

The Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia introduced 5% VAT on 1 January 2018, along with its partner Gulf Cooperation Council country, UAE. Four other GCC states are committed to launch VAT.


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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 2019 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.