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69 Tax Executive 63 (2017)
Introducing VAT in the Gulf States

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Introducing VAT in



the Gulf States








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By Gorka   Echevarria  Zubeldia






                               he Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which comprises the United
                               Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait, has
                               decided that its member countries will implement a value-added tax
                               (VAT) system by 2018.
                            This decision was adopted in the context of a dramatic drop in recent years
                          in the oil revenues that finance most of these countries' public expenditures.
                            The news of the forthcoming introduction of a five percent VAT in the
                          Gulf region has plunged the VAT world into turmoil.
                            The GCC has enacted the Unified GCC VAT Framework Agreement
                          (GCC VAT framework) that lays the groundwork for its members to imple-
                          ment VAT in their respective jurisdictions.


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