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Persian Gulf: VAT expected in 2020 (Qatar); monthly VAT filing guidelines (Bahrain)

Persian Gulf: VAT expected in 2020 (Qatar)

The KPMG member firm in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) prepared a report that briefly describes the following tax developments from countries that are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council.


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  • Saudi Arabia: Customs authorities introduced a self-correction program (a voluntary compliance initiative) to allow importers to declare and pay customs duties for any pending customs liability.
  • Qatar: The value added tax (VAT) regime is expected in 2020.
  • Bahrain: The tax authority released guidance concerning the VAT regime. In general, those remitting VAT in Bahrain of an amount equal to or less than BHD 3 million (approximately U.S. $7.9 million) in annual taxable supplies are to file on a quarterly basis (but can request to file on a monthly basis). Those with more than BHD 3 million in annual taxable supplies must file on a monthly basis.

Read a March 2020 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in the UAE

Read also a July 2020 report prepared by KPMG International

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