Category Taxation in Qatar

Bahrain Taxes Vape Liquids Like Cigarettes

July 26, 2018 Taxation in BahrainTaxation in Qatar

Vape liquid taxMANAMA – Despite the fact that vape liquids do not contain tobacco, the government of Bahrain is taxing them at the same rate as cigarettes.

Public outcry is rising in Bahrain over the government’s recent decision to enact a 100 percent levy on the sale of vape liquids.

On July 12th the government of Bahrain announced, with no forewarning, that it will classify vape liquids as a tobacco product.

All tobacco products in Bahrain carry a levy of 100 percent of its retails price.

Currently, there are an estimated 50 retailers in Bahrain who actively sell vape liquids and juices, and these retailers import an estimated 40 000 bottles of liquids into the country each year.

Retailers of vaping products are arguing that the liquids should not be taxed as tobacco products, as the liquids do no...

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Qatar to Levy Airport Tax

August 29, 2016 Taxation in Qatar

air travelDOHA –

From August 30th the government of Qatar will levy an airport tax on passengers coming through the Hamad International Airport.

The new tax will be levied at a rate of QAR 35 (approx. USD 9.60), on all passengers, including transit passengers.

The tax will begin to be levied on all tickets issued from August 30th for travel starting from December 1st.

Any tickets already purchased, or tickets for travel prior to December will escape the new tax.

The revenues gathered from the tax are intended to be used to help pay for expansions in the airport’s capacity and infrastructure.

The implementation of airport taxes in Gulf States is an increasingly popular option to raise extra tax revenues, as governments struggle to raise revenues amidst continually low prices for oil.

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Qatar Confirms VAT, Hints at New Sin Tax

June 20, 2016 Taxation in Qatar

DOHA – A raft of new taxes in Qatar are expected to hike annual inflation in the country to as much as 3.8 percent.

In a new report released over the weekend the Ministry of Development planning and Statistics of Qatar announced that a new VAT will be introduced in 2018, and that the government is also now considering implementing a “sin tax” on products deemed to be harmful.

The new VAT will come into effect in 2018, and will be levied at a rate of 5 percent, in line with the VAT to be introduced across the all countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council.

The VAT could also be accompanied by a yet-to-be-detailed “sin tax” on tobacco, sugar sweetened soft drinks, and fast food.

Along with the new taxes, the government will cut back on the subsidies offered on water and electricity.

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