Saudi Arabia definitively approved the single agreement of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on the introduction of VAT on 30 January 2017, followed by an announcement by Bahrain`s finance minister, who confirmed that Bahrain had signed the agreement on 1 February 2017. The six GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) have all signed the agreement, paving the way for the introduction of VAT throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council in 2018. The next steps are for local enforcement laws to be adopted in each country. An august 2018 article in the U.S. daily Khaleej Times, the launch date was scheduled for January 2019. This was confirmed later when the Bahraini Parliament approved the VAT agreement in January 2019. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has instituted VAT (VAT) effective 1 January 2018, in accordance with the framework agreement between the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), known as the Single VAT Agreement for the Gulf Arab Cooperation Council (the “Agreement”). The requirements of the agreement have been transposed into the national legislation of the KSA in order to ensure the effective implementation of the VAT law. The KSA must also include in its national law areas where no order guidance has been included in the agreement or where the choice is provided for in the agreement. An article entitled Gulf Countries has been signed VAT agreements already exist in stored items The “Single Agreement on VAT (VAT) ” of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf StatesThe single agreement on VAT of the Cooperation Council for the Gulf Arab States was published by UM AL-QURA in its issue 4667 of H1438/7/24. This agreement aims to define the uniform legal framework for the introduction of VAT in GCC countries, which is imposed on deliveries of goods and services.
The kingdom agreed by royal decree (point m/51 of 5.05.1438). The GCC countries that have signed a VAT agreement have been abolished, as the framework agreement has not yet been implemented in all GCC countries, the impact of the increase in the VAT rate on the implementation of the GCC framework agreement is uncertain. The Spanish Supreme Court rules on the limits of applying a dynamic interpretation of double taxation conventions. Businesses are now taking into account the impact of VAT on their operations and are starting to plan the right techniques for VAT, system, finance, tax governance and compliance, training and other areas to meet VAT requirements. Given the date on which VAT will come into force and is expected in some Member States as of 1 January 2018, companies operating throughout the GCC will have to activate their VAT implementation plans if they are not already essentially in progress. There is a relatively short period of time to consider the impact of the introduction of VAT and make the necessary changes. One of the main sources of confusion was, for example, the issue of a sales threshold. The thresholds only apply to local suppliers.
There is no turnover threshold for foreign digital service providers with consumers in these GCC Member States (implementations in Saudi Arabia and UAE). Qatar was due to introduce a VAT system in 2019. However, no final date has been announced by Qatar`s tax authorities. Previously, in Qatar, caution was exercised with regard to the introduction of VAT. According to Doha Bank Ceo R Seetharaman, the introduction of VAT in Qatar “depends on several factors such as fiscal policy, sources of income and commodity prices.