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Turkey COVID-19 VAT relief measures

  • Jul 31, 2020 | Richard Asquith

31 Jul - VAT has been reduced to 8% from 18% until 31 December 2020 on the following: events and conferences; cultural events; domestic repairs; accomodation services; hospitality services

24 April - all other businesses (see sector exceptions below) may delay Value Added Tax payments and filings for the months of February and March, or Q1 2020. The new filing deadline is 28 April instead of 24 April.

9 April update - goods intended for export enjoy VAT payment deferrment for the exporters purchasing them (to avoid VAT credits). This deferment period has been extended.

The dealine for the upload of electronic ledgers and books has been moved from 31 March to 30 April 2020.

The Turkish tax office on 24 March introduced VAT payment reliefs in addition to last week's measuers. Several sectors will have their VAT returns for April, May and June delayed until 27 July 2020. VAT payments for April to June are delayed six months out to October to December.

The sectors include: automotive; accomodation; cinema; heath; publishing; pubic exercise facilities; and professional services.

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The VAT measures already announced, in place until November, include:

  1. The VAT rate on airline travel is to be cut on domestic flights from 18% to 1%. 
  2. Hotel accommodation and services are to be zero-rated. 

Other measures include suspension of national insurance payments on employees.

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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: 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.
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