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Saudi Arabia VAT 2018

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  • 05 May 2016 | Richard Asquith

Saudi Arabia VAT 2018

Saudi Arabia plans to introduce VAT in 2018 the Finance Ministry has confirmed.

It will join most of the other five Gulf Co-Operation Council (GCC) states in imposing Value Added Tax to help cope with the collapse of the global oil price. The price of a barrel of oil has dropped from $130 to $45 (today) in two years.

The potential VAT rate will be 5%. It is expected that many essential foodstuffs will be excluded, and heath and education.

VAT for the GCC states was first seriously proposed over ten years ago, but a number of attempts in the past at gaining agreement on a harmonized regime – like the EU’s – across the GCC had failed.

At the same time, it has been confirmed that there will be no income tax introduced.


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 is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's 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.