1 February 2022
On 1 January 2022, Kazakhstan extended its VAT system to include the sale of electronic services to consumers by non-resident businesses.
Previously, foreign businesses providing electronic services in Kazakhstan did not have to charge VAT on their sales. However, to remove the unfair advantage this gives to non-resident companies over Kazakh resident providers, the Kazakhstan government has implemented VAT at 20% on these types of transactions.
The Kazakhstan government also confirmed that there will be no VAT registration threshold for these types of supplies so affected businesses will need to register from the first sale they make.
The new tax will apply to a range of electronic services including streaming games, music, apps, films, e-books, e-journals and internet services.
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