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Oman to implement 5% VAT in six months

Date: 13 Oct, 2020

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External URL: https://www.thenational.ae/business/oman-to-start-levying-a-5-vat-in-six-months-as-it-looks-to-boost-revenues-1.1092493

Oman- October 13, 2020: Oman has issued a decree to start levying a 5 per cent value-added tax (VAT) in six months’ time to offset a slump in oil prices and an economic downturn exacerbated by coronavirus.

The tax will be on most goods and services, though with some exceptions. Essential food items, medical care, education and financial services will be exempt from the planned levy, according to a royal decree detailing the tax.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have already introduced the tax, with Riyadh tripling it this year. Oman, Kuwait and Qatar have not yet introduced the tax.

Oman removed from the EU Blacklist

Date: 06 Oct, 2020

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External URL: https://home.kpmg/om/en/home/insights/2020/09/tax-flash-oman-no-longer-on-the-european-union-blacklist.html

Oman- October 6, 2020: Oman was eliminated from the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes (the “EU Blacklist”). Oman was previously included on the EU Blacklist on 12 March 2019 for not making sufficient progress in implementing information exchange protocols.

Oman has been removed from the EU blacklist as per the Council of the EU press release dated 6th October 2020. Oman is, therefore, no longer regarded as a non-cooperative tax jurisdiction by the EU Council.

This development comes after recent steps taken by Oman to improve its tax framework and implement exchange of information protocols.

Oman’s ruler expected to approve VAT to boost economy

Date: 03 Sep, 2020

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External URL: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-03/oman-sultan-to-rule-on-vat-after-legislature-suggests-2022-start?srnd=economics-vp

03 Sept, 2020– Oman’s legislature is proposing to implement a value-added tax after January 2022 as falling oil revenue pressures its finances, following similar moves by Gulf Arab neighbours.

A joint committee of the State Council and Shura Council suggested the time frame and sent a draft law for approval to Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al Said. He took power in January vowing to take steps to bolster the near $80 billion economy that his predecessor had sidestepped.

Oman would become the fourth of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s six states to collect VAT, a move agreed by the bloc years ago. The UAE imposed a 5 per cent VAT in 2018 on most goods and services.