Category Taxation In Africa

Cigarettes and Soda to be Taxed in Saudi Arabia

February 22, 2017 Taxation in Saudi Arabia

Cigarettes in Saudi ArabiaRIYADH – Saudi Arabia is taking steps to raise revenues which are not reliant on oil, with cigarettes and soft drinks set in the sights of the tax authorities.

On February 20th, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia granted permission to the national Ministry of Finance to set a date for the implementation of selective taxes on cigarettes and soft drinks.

The new taxes are part of an agreement made by all the national of the Gulf Cooperative Council in 2015 to begin implementing a uniform tax system across the nations.

The tax measure was approved in Saudi Arabia in late 2016.

Saudi Arabia is the first country in the GCC to have gone so far as to allow their Ministry of Finance to set a date for the implementation of the selective taxes.

The taxes in question will see a 100 percent ...

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Saudi Arabia Won’t Enact Remittance Tax

January 23, 2017 Taxation in Saudi Arabia

Remittance tax Saudi ArabiaRIYADH – Saudi Arabia has put an end to rumours that it will look at foreign remittance to make up its tax shortfalls.

On January 22nd a spokesperson for the ministry of Finance of Saudi Arabia confirmed that the country would not be implementing a remittance tax, despite recent rumours claiming otherwise.

Over the last several months several government officials have proposed and discussed the feasibility of implementing a tax on any remittance sent from Saudi Arabia by individuals who are not citizens of the country.

The tax was expected to be set at a rate of approximately 6 percent for individuals who have resided in Saudi Arabia for less than a year, with the rate falling each year, to be capped at 3 percent.

Saudi Arabia is often regarded as having the second highest volume of ove...

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Cigarettes and Soft-Drinks Taxes to Rise in Saudi Arabia

January 6, 2017 Taxation in Saudi Arabia

Cigarettes in Saudi ArabiaRIYADH – Prices of cigarettes in Saudi Arabia could double by April 2017, as the government sets out to enact heavy new taxes on selected goods.

According to new information released by the official news of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi News Agency, the government has not yet implemented its highly punitive tax on tobacco and soft drinks.

The government plans to introduce a tax of 50 percent on the sale of all soft drinks sold in the country, with a raised tax of 100 percent if the drink is considered to be an “energy drink”.

Further, the government wants to levy a tax of 100 percent on the sale of tobacco products.

The taxes were first proposed in December 2015 during a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and were signed into law by the government of Saudi Arabia in late 2016.

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Saudi Arabia Delays Remittance Tax

December 28, 2016 Taxation in Saudi Arabia

Remittance tax Saudi ArabiaRIYADH – Saudi Arabia may not implement its remittance tax as spoon as previously thought.

In a recent media interview the Minister of Finance of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al-Jadaan stated that the previously proposed tax on remittance by non-residents in Saudi Arabia will be delayed.

It was recently proposed that any non-resident sending money out of Saudi Arabia will be taxed at a rate of 6 percent, if the individual has been living in Saudi Arabia for less than a year.

Any individuals who have lived in Saudi Arabia for more than a year will see a reduced tax rate, which would be capped at 2 percent for those in the country for five years or more.

The Minister added that the conditions of the tax are yet to be finalised, and it is possible that the measure could include exemptions for rem...

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Saudi Arabia Eyes Remittance Tax

December 22, 2016 Taxation in Saudi Arabia

Two FivesRIYADH – Saudi Arabia wants to cash in on the country’s expansive remittance market with a tax on residents sending money overseas.

On December 21st the Shura Council of Saudi Arabia debated a proposal to implement a tax on remittance of money out of Saudi Arabia by non-residents.

The proposed tax would see outward remittance taxed at a rate of 6 percent, if the individual ordering the transfer has been in Saudi Arabia for one year or less.

By the time that the individual has been residing in Saudi Arabia for 5 years, the tax would be dropped to a rate of 2 percent.

It is estimated that Saudi Arabia currently has the second highest volume of outward remittance in the world, with only the USA seeing more transfers.

The consideration of the new tax is a product of the attempts by the gov...

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