Information for Expats on Qatar Taxation
Qatar is a low tax country - in fact it won the Forbes low tax award (see Qatar: The Tax Cutter!)
Personal Income Tax
At present there is no tax on personal income, which is a major factor in many expats decision to accept work in Qatar.
Until recently corporate tax was 35%. This tax was levied on foreign owned business entities in Qatar - the tax rate for Qatari owned businesses was zero. However, this tax is to be reduced to just 10%.
Import tax is usually equal to 4% of the value of the good imported, but does vary. (Tobacco incurs a 100% tax - cars are subject to the normal 4%.) Some items are exempt. There is a detailed description of business tax on Invest in Qatar under Business Set-Up in Qatar.
Export taxes are currently set at zero.
Value Added Tax
There is no value added tax per se, however there is a service tax of ten percent and a tax of 5% on hotels and restaurants.