Oman VAT to come into force in Q2 2021

Oman issued its VAT law that will come into effect 180 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.

Oct 15, 2020


The original intention for an Oman VAT system was confirmed by Oman's Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy during an interview with Bloomberg TV at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos at the beginning of the year. 

Since this January gathering in Switzerland, Oman’s draft VAT law has navigated its way along the country’s legislative path. The most recent development has been approval of the draft VAT law by the country’s Majlis Ash’ Shuras, the advisory council of Oman’s lower house, to the Sultanate’s State Council.

Oman VAT system background

Back in June 2016, all six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members states signed the Common VAT Agreement. It was agreed that each GCC Member State would introduce a VAT system at a rate of 5%. As a result, Oman will introduce VAT at a rate of 5%. When it does so it will become the fourth member of the GCC member state to introduce a VAT system.


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