Middle East – tax measures in response to COVID-19

In the Middle East a number of countries have announced financial and fiscal measures (budget spend reductions announced in Bahrain and KSA and fiscal stimulus policies in UAE and Qatar). In addition, please see below some tax measures introduced:

KSA: The General Secretariat of the Tax Committees “GSTC” announced that all the appointments of the scheduled hearing sessions in front of the Tax Committees (Resolution and Appellate) will be suspended until further notice, and all parties will be notified with the new appointments

Oman: PRI filings are currently due by 31 March. If further lockdowns are announced similar to other GCC countries (other than essential services), it is likely an extension would be granted

Qatar: The income tax filing deadline for year ended 21 Dec 2019, is extended from 30 April 2020 to 30 June 2020

UAE: Part of the stimulus package released by the Dubai Government includes a refund of 20% on the customs duties paid for locally sold imported goods, cancellation of bank guarantee required to clear goods, and a 90% reduction of Dubai Customs have put audits on hold.

Lebanon: E-filing for all types of income tax declarations is now mandatory. Persons who are not yet registered in the e-filing services can register online

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