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27 - 29 Oct 2019Introduction to GCC VAT

This course is part of the comprehensive programme: IBFD Certificate in GCC VAT.
Tax Courses
Dubai - UAE
Course code:
EUR 1,500 / USD 1,880 (VAT excl.)
Client offer:
20% discount for IBFD Membership clients and 10% discount for Global Tax Explorer (Plus) clients.
Early Bird Discount: a 30% discount will be automatically applied for registrations received 60 days or more before the commencement of the course (cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts).
Introduction to GCC VAT

Overview and Learning Objectives

The course is designed to provide participants with a framework of the most important value added tax (VAT) principles and issues that anyone dealing with VAT in the GCC is confronted with and needs to know. At the end of the course, participants will be able to understand how GCC VAT works, to whom it applies, how to comply with the administrative obligations related to it and how to mitigate any risks deriving from the implementation of GCC VAT. Throughout the course, instructors will also bring several legislative examples from European and other jurisdictions, as well as case law from the Court of Justice of the European Union, to showcase the practical aspects of the issues expected to occur under GCC VAT. In addition to the topics covered, the sessions will include case studies to help course participants gain confidence in applying the knowledge and skills acquired during the course.
This is an interactive course with a maximum of 50 participants. Participants will be given access to additional reading material (e.g. legal documentation, case law and related articles/literature).

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Who Should Attend?

The course is suitable for entrepreneurs, accountants, CFOs, bankers, investors, tax managers, lawyers, business people, tax advisers, government officials, policymakers, in-house tax counsel and general tax practitioners who need to acquire an understanding of VAT within the GCC.

Course Level and Prerequisites

This is an introductory-level course. No advance preparation is required. Prior experience with VAT is not a prerequisite to satisfactorily participating in this course.

Interactive course – "Group Live"

To safeguard the interactive nature of the course, including group discussions and case studies, a maximum of 40 participants will be accepted. Early registration is therefore recommended.

Continuing Professional Education

Recommended CPE points for this course: 18.5 (in accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE points, CPE credits are granted based on a 50-minute hour). Read more information on CPE points and accreditation for IBFD International Tax Courses.

Course fee and registration details

The course fee covers participation in the course, all course materials, lunch, coffee/tea and refreshments. The costs of accommodation and transport are not covered. If you have any other questions regarding attendance of the course, travel arrangements, payments and cancellations, please consult our FAQ.

  • Introduction
  • Taxable Persons
  • Goods and Services
  • Taxable Amount – VAT Rates
  • Deduction of Input Tax    
  • Immovable property
  • Place and Time of Supply
  • Exemptions/zero-rate transactions
  • Administrative Obligations
  • Special Schemes (Including Digital Services)
  • International Goods
  • International Services
  • Interstate Supplies
  • Reggie Mezu
    Reggie Mezu is Senior Special Counsel at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, based in Dubai. He specializes in corporate tax and has practised for nearly 30 years, including 15 years in the United Arab...
  • Jordi Sol
    Jordi Sol is currently the Manager of the VAT Knowledge Group at IBFD and editor of the VAT in Europe publication and the ECJ VAT case law database. He participates regularly in cross-border...
  • Mohamed Faysal Charfeddine
    Mohamed Faysal Charfeddine is Global Head of Tax of Aujan Group Holding. He has over 15 years of experience in international taxation and indirect tax. He started his career in a Big Four firm in...
  • Saira Menon
    Saira Menon is an Indirect Tax Trainer and VAT Subject Matter Expert with the PwC Middle East Training Academy. Ms Menon is a tax professional with 17 years of business and technical experience in...
  • Howard R. Hull
    Howard R. Hull is Group Tax Director at the Al-Futtaim Group and is based in Dubai and Geneva. He has been advising businesses on international taxation for over 25 years and was previously a tax...
  • Thomas Vanhee
    Thomas Vanhee is a founding partner at Aurifer in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He has more than ten years experience in the field of taxation. Mr Vanhee moved to the Gulf region in the beginning of...