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06 - 08 May 2018Introduction 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 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
  • Place and Time of Supply
  • Deduction of Input Tax    
  • Taxable Amount – VAT Rates
  • Immovable property
  • Exemptions
  • Imports and Exports
  • Administrative Obligations
  • Special Schemes (Including Digital Services)
  • Interstate Trade
  • Reggie Mezu
    Reggie Mezu is senior counsel at Baker...
  • 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...