VAT IN QATAR
The representatives of the Member States of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) confirmed the introduction of a formal Value Added Tax (VAT) system across all six Member States through the signing of a VAT Framework Treaty. The Treaty acts as the basis for the domestic VAT legislation in Qatar by stipulating certain principles, which must be followed by all members, while allowing Qatar to opt for different VAT treatments in relation to some supplies.
Impact of VAT on businesses in Qatar
VAT will impact most industries, but in particular:
Consumer and industrial products
Technology, media and telecommunications
Timing of VAT introduction in Qatar
Following the signing of the VAT Framework Treaty, all GCC members show signs of aiming to implement local VAT systems from 1 January 2018 or at the least the first quarter of 2018. We expect that the first draft local laws may be released in the first quarter of 2017.
Standard rate of VAT in the Qatar
The VAT rate in Qatar and all six GCC countries will be 5%. This is significantly lower than the OECD average VAT rate of approximately 19%.