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Businesses must file a one-time transitional Excise Tax return by January 31

As a major aspect of Qatar's intends to decrease the nation's reliance on hydrocarbon resources, the General Tax Authority is implementing Excise Tax and taking measures to enhance voluntary tax compliance. 

Issued under Act No. (25) of 2018 and implemented on January 1, 2019, the Excise Tax is forced on certain unhealthy goods. Tobacco items, liquor, energy drinks  and purpose goods incur a 100% tax and carbonated beverages will be taxed at 50%. 

" Administration of Excise Tax will reinforce Qatar's economy and help guarantee a more healthier society. Incomes generated through the Excise Tax will be put in progressive public interest including infrastructure, education, and health care the futurefuture Qatar for generations to come, the Authority said in an announcement. 

All organizations that import, deliver, and store/ stockpile excise goods should represent Excise Tax and document a 'one-time' transitional Excise Tax return on the goods they held for business purposes one-day preceding January 01, 2019. With no limit for transitional Excise Tax return documenting, any business that has excise goods in their stocks should record transitional Excise Tax restores no later than January 31, 2019. Organizations must cover the Excise Tax no later than 30 days in the wake of documenting the transitional Excise Tax return. 


Organizations that import or deliver extract products or organizations that desire to work a duty distribution center must enrollwith the General Tax Authority; continue bookkeeping books and records; document government forms and make good on the regulatory expense due on a quarterly premise. There are no edges for Excise Tax enlistment. 

Organizations that just hold a supply of extract products for business purposes, for example, inns, comfort stores, tobacco shops, and so on are not required to enlist with the General Tax Authority for Excise Tax purposes yet are as yet obligated to pay a one-time transitional Excise Tax returns. 

Organizations may likewise apply for a duty distribution center permit. A duty stockroom is an area in which an approved individual (distribution center manager) is allowed to store or create extract products under an Excise Tax suspension game plan. The distribution center manager will be at risk for the Excise Tax due on any extract products leaving the assessment stockroom. 

Organizations ought to guarantee satisfaction of consistence commitments. The General Tax Authority holds the ability to lead evaluations on assessable people and may thusly force corrective estimates which may involve detainment for a period not surpassing one year and additionally a fine not surpassing multiple times the duty sum payable according to Act No. (25) of 2018 on Excise Tax Law Articles 16, and 18. 

For more insights regarding the Excise Tax enrollment and one-time transitional Excise Tax return documenting and installment, visit the General Authority of Customs site. (

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