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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a heavy impact on the global economy. The spread of the virus is constraining the supply and demand for goods and services. As a result, companies are considering the potential cancellation of contracts and the impact on their cash flows. In this special edition of the Middle East Tax Newsletter, we set out the VAT aspects of the potential cancellation of contracts. We also provide suggestions to optimize cash…

The taxation of the digital economy is one of the focus areas of the OECD’s BEPS project, and many countries in the Middle East and Africa are increasingly introducing changes to their tax rules or considering avenues for imposing taxes in relation to digital economy earnings. It is critical for companies to fully understand the local tax regimes across the region and the impact of global developments on the future of taxation of digital services.

On 10 October 2019, the European Union (EU) agreed to remove the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from their list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions (the EU blacklist). This followed from the introduction of the Economic Substance Regulations (ESR) in the UAE in March 2019, and more recently, the specific Guidance on the ESR (the Guidance) published by the UAE Ministry of Finance in September 2019.