Saudi Arabia to review VAT increase after COVID-19

A picture taken on March 23, 2020, shows the empty King Fahd road in the Saudi capital Riyadh after authorities imposed a curfew for 21 days to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP) (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)
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Saudi Arabia will review its VAT increase after the coronavirus pandemic ends, the Kingdom’s acting media minister said. The decision to triple VAT earlier this year was a “painful” one and has undoubtedly caused concern for every individual and family, Majid Al-Qasabi said.

“This decision is like any other decision, it will be revised when this crisis is over,” the minister told a news conference.

Al-Qasabi added that consumer protection is a top priority for the Kingdom and it would not allow people to be exploited.

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As such, 370,000 inspections have been carried out in 13 regions, during which more than 3,700 violations were recorded and nearly 500 tons of food items were confiscated.


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