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VAT . . . a Good Thing?

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The tax-free environment in the GCC is set to change, VAT will help GCC economies experience diversified growth, says Mas Meghji


May 17, 2012 3:18 by



Value added is the value that a produc­er adds to raw materials inputs, excluding labor inputs. Labor is hired to use those raw material inputs to turn them into out­put (goods and services) which are sold in the market. When the value of the used raw materials inputs is subtracted from the value of the sold output, what is left is the value added. This value added is shared between the labor (who gets wages) and the producer (who gets profit). Thus, the value added can be looked at either from the additive side (i.e., income), which is wages plus profit, or from the subtractive side (i.e., output), which is output minus inputs, Al Hadi explained.

There are four possible ways to levy a tax on value added and these are addi­tive direct method (known as accounts method); additive indirect method; subtractive direct method (known as busi­ness transfer tax method); and subtrac­tive indirect method (known as invoice/credit method). Most countries, who have adopted the VAT, have used the invoice/credit method.

The VAT is a tax imposed on all sales of goods and services at every stage of production. Therefore, the VAT revenue is collected throughout the pro­duction process, and not collected only at the point of sale to the final consum­er. One key feature of the VAT is that it credits taxes paid by businesses on their inputs against the taxes they must levy on their own sales. Hence, producers re­claim the tax they have been charged on their inputs.


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