Kuwait government rules out the implementation of VAT

28 February 2024

Kuwait’s government has recently confirmed a new four-year plan, which rules out the implementation of VAT before 2028. 

Instead, the country will look at increased customs duties and excise levies on tobacco, watches, jewellery, luxury cars and yachts, to increase tax revenue. It may also extend this to unhealthy foods, including sugary drinks.

Kuwait is part of the six-country Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which originally agreed to implement a harmonised VAT regime of 5%. The other GCC countries include Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

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