Google will soon begin to apply a new 14 percent value-added tax (VAT) on its services in Egypt starting July 1, local media reported citing a letter from Google on June 2nd.
The USA-based company revealed that it would apply the VAT on July 1st, in accordance with Egyptian law.
Google noted that it will charge the VAT on its “e-services unless we have your Egyptian Tax ID number”.
The Ministry of Finance revealed regulatory amendments to the VAT Law in March, requiring non-resident service providers to begin charging VAT for services rendered, including digital transactions on “electronic distribution platforms” such as websites, internet portals, e-stores, or other internet marketplaces connecting suppliers with clients.
Popular international streaming platforms such as Netflix, Disney Plus, OSN+, and Amazon Prime, and music streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Plus, and Anghami are considered non-resident service suppliers and could soon join Google in adopting the new VAT.
The Egyptian Tax Authority is inviting non-resident suppliers to register on its simplified system. Currently, there is no announced deadline for registration, however, companies with sales exceeding LE 500,000 are automatically registered.