Qatar: Extended deadline for income tax returns, tax payments for 2020 (COVID-19)

Qatar: Extended deadline for income tax returns

The tax authority today provided a two-month extension of the filing deadline for income tax returns and income tax payments for the 2020 tax year—relief provided in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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According to Circular No. (1) for 2021 (24 March 2021), the new tax return filing deadline for taxpayers with a financial year ended 31 December 2020 is extended to 30 June 2021. Any income tax liability is also extended and is due on or before 30 June 2021.

Taxpayers with a financial year-end for 2020 that is not based on the calendar year (that is, not 31 December 2020) can also file their tax returns and pay their tax liability two months after the original deadline, as long as the different year-end has been approved by the tax authority.

The extension does not apply to companies in certain sectors—those with petroleum operations and in the petrochemical industries. Possible relief may be made available for exempt entities and communicated soon.

Read a March 2021 report [PDF 157 KB] prepared by the KPMG member firm in Qatar

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