FAQ

This section aims to provide basic, simplified information on the introduction of taxes in the State of Qatar. If you need more detailed information we recommend that you wait for further announcements by General Tax Authority or seek professional advice. This information and other parts of the website will be updated regularly.

What is tax and what is the purpose of tax?

Tax is a levy by the government on business profits, individual’s wages, wealth, particular transactions and consumption of certain commodities, and it is usually charged as a percentage of  the assigned base which could be profits, wages, value of goods, etc.

Taxation is one of the several ways to finance the expenses incurred by government to manage an economy. Governments use taxes to fund public goods and services like parks, roads, education and healthcare services and to influence behaviour such as discouraging people from using harmful products (tobacco products, carbonated drinks etc.).

What other taxes is Qatar considering?

Importance of taxation will continue to increase in the future, however, there are no imminent taxes planned.

Will introduction of indirect taxes impact economic growth of Qatar?

Indirect taxes will contribute to the Qatar National Vision 2030 by creating a source of non-hydrocarbon dependent income to be invested in a sustainable, and long-term economic growth.

The standard of living of a modern society requires collection of taxes to support spending for schools and libraries, roads and highways, hospitals, fire and police services, garbage collection, national defence, and the salaries of government employees.

What are the responsibilities of the GTA?

The GTA shall perform all the key functions necessary for effective and efficient administration of the taxes covering policy and legislation setting, taxpayer service provision, assessments and enforcement, appeals and disputes resolution and reporting.