VAT to be introduced in Bahrain by the end of 2018: Finance minister

Following suit of nations like UAE and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain has decided to implement VAT by the end of this year as well.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa said, “We’ll be working with parliament on VAT and aim to have everything set up by the end of 2018.”

Apart from implementing VAT, Bahrain will additionally introduce further cuts to subsidies on fuel, food and services as the report from BMI Research released earlier this year revealed that  introduction of VAT in the kingdom is unlikely to have the same fiscal benefits as the UAE and Saudi Arabia due elevated government spending.

The report mentioned, “Elevated spending, in a bid to limit social instability, will severely constrain improvements in Bahrain’s fiscal position, even as VAT is introduced.”

After Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman also plan to implement VAT form 2019.
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