Many countries throughout the world now charge value added tax (VAT) or goods and services tax (GST), including now the Middle East countries, e.g. Saudi Arabia and UAE at 5% from 1 January 2018. Saudi Arabia has announced that its VAT rate will increase to 15% from 1 July 2020.
This is pertinent to the internationally mobile employee, who may have furniture in storage, may employ the services of a local accountant, and may import furniture to the foreign country to which he or she is being posted (see below), etc. The question is: will VAT and GST apply?