A VAT Refund Guide to

Saudi Arabia

How to get VAT Refunds from Saudi Arabia for your business

Businesses registered in countries outside of Saudi Arabia can claim VAT refunds on any costs incurred in Saudi Arabia.
The below information details the requirements needed to be eligible for a VAT refund. This includes claimable expense types, Saudi Arabia VAT rates, deadlines and claiming periods.
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Where is your company based?

EU

based businesses

VAT-registered businesses in an EU member state are eligible to recover VAT on business costs from Saudi Arabia under the EU VAT Refund Directive.

NON-EU

based businesses

VAT-registered businesses outside of the European Union are eligible to recover VAT on business costs from Saudi Arabia under the 13th Directive.

Which countries have reciprocity with Saudi Arabia?

Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Montenegro, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and UK

For a more detailed explanation on what reciprocity means within the scope of VAT, click here:

What expenses are claimable in Saudi Arabia?

ENTERTAINMENT & HOSPITALITY

Entertainment

0%

Hotels & Accommodation

15%

Restaurants

0%

EVENTS

Conferences, Trade Shows & Exhibitions

15%

Training Courses & Seminars

15%

GENERAL EXPENSES

Goods

15%

Inter-company charges

15%

Office Expenses

15%

Marketing Costs

15%

Professional Fees & AP invoices

15%

TRAVEL RELATED

Car Rental

0%

Fuel

0%

Public Transport

0%

Taxis

0%

Additional Information

How far back can your business claim VAT from Saudi Arabia?
January to December of the previous year
What’s the foreign VAT deadline in Saudi Arabia?
30 June of each year (Within 6 months of the end of the calendar year in which the tax was incurred)
How long does it take to receive a VAT refund from Saudi Arabia?
Depending on the complexity of your application and the capacity at the VAT authority, it can take up to 6 months for EU businesses and up to 6 months for Non-EU businesses to receive a VAT refund from Saudi Arabia

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