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Legal Regulation of VAT in Saudi Arabia
Ryzhkova Ekaterina Aleksandrovna

PhD in Law

PhD in Law, associate professor at Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Russian Federation

119454, Russia, g. Moscow, ul. Prospekt Vernadskogo, 76





The article is devoted to the analysis of the legal regulation of a new tax for Saudi Arabia - value-added tax that was introduced in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on January 1, 2018. Even though indirect taxation is widely used in the modern world, it had never been common for Middle Eastern Countries as a result of particular features of the fair taxation principle in these countries. The author of the article analyzes economic and historical prerequisites for introducing VAT in Saudi Arabia and studies the main elements of tax. In the course of analyzing the legal grounds for introducing VAT in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the author has used formal law, historical law, and comparative law methods. The scientific novelty of the research is caused by the object research, i.e. Saudi Arabia, as one of the first states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf that implements the principles of the Single Agreement for Value-Added Tax issued by The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf. The author's contribution to the topic is the conclusion that Saudi Arabia does not only take into account the experience of the foreign states in regulation of tax relations but also to preserve Islamic taxation traditions including the fair taxation principle which was reflected in the description of the main elements of VAT. 

Keywords: VAT refund, GAZT, principle of justice, Muslim taxes, VAT, Saudi Arabia, Value Added Tax Law, GCC, indirect taxation, Zakat



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