Oman hikes tax on alcoholic beverages

The tax will be not applicable at duty-free shops

  
A general view of the Muscat skyline on November 18, 2014 in Muscat, Oman. Image used for illustrative purpose.

A general view of the Muscat skyline on November 18, 2014 in Muscat, Oman. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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Muscat: The Oman Tax Authority will apply a 100 per cent selective tax on alcoholic beverages, which was 50 per cent at the time of its implementation in June last year. This is applicable from Wednesday.

The tax will be not applicable at duty-free shops, according to sources.

Oman had previously, in 2019, introduced a rate of 100 per cent for the excise tax imposed on alcohol and alcohol products, energy drinks, carbonated drinks, pork and pork products, and tobacco and tobacco products.

The tax authority temporarily reduced the rate of excise tax on alcohol and alcohol products to 50 per cent. That temporary rate reduction is being removed, and the original rate of 100 per cent for the excise tax on alcohol and alcohol products will be effective from July 1, 2020.

“According to ministerial decision 112/2019, on the determination of value, types of excise goods, and rate of tax imposed on each of such goods, published on June 2, 2019 (Ministerial Decision), alcohol and alcohol products were subject to an excise tax at the rate of 100 per cent.

The Oman Tax Authority later implemented a temporary reduction in the rate of excise tax on alcohol and alcohol products to 50 per cent. The Ministerial Decision was, however, not amended to reflect the temporary reduction.

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