When will VAT be introduced in Kuwait?
Kuwait, Qatar and Oman are the remaining GCC member countries which have delayed the implementation of the VAT system.
Kuwait plans to introduce VAT at 5 % in April 2021.
I am providing consultancy services to a company in Kuwait, which has no branches in UAE. Could you kindly clarify if the services are zero-rated?
I am providing consultancy services to a company in Kuwait, which has no branches in UAE. The services are provided by way of emails only. Could you kindly clarify the following:
1. Are the services zero-rated?
2. Is the place of supply Kuwait?
As per Article 31(1)(a) of the VAT Executive Regulations, where the Services are supplied to a Recipient of Services who does not have a Place of Residence in an Implementing State and who is outside the State at the time the Services are performed, the services can be zero rated.
In the absence of agreement at the GCC level, the Implementing State condition is diluted to outside State (UAE).
The services described falls in the above criteria, hence it will be zero rated.