Deloitte introduces Arabic-language version of VAT app for the GCC

15 August 2018 3 min. read

Deloitte in the Middle East has introduced an Arabic language option for the latest version of its VAT mobile app, helping businesses to better navigate the new tax roll-out across the region.

First launched in May last year, the complimentary Deloitte mobile app, ‘VAT in the GCC guide’, which is compatible with iOS and Android devices, is an interactive aid for businesses to get a better gauge on the VAT, be it operating under the introduced taxation system in the UAE and KSA or assessing the potential impacts of its implementation for the remaining GCC jurisdictions.

The interactive app is broken down into various sections and includes learning materials such as whitepapers, videos, e-learnings, infographics and information on treaties and local laws (as well as offering quizzes in a range of difficulties to test the user’s knowledge), along with a VAT calculator and regular updates on legislation, regulations, guides and progress announcements.

“The Deloitte app will surely accelerate the VAT journey of businesses and individuals and will enable them to get in touch with Deloitte’s VAT and customs experts,” said Deloitte Middle East’s Indirect Tax leader Justin Whitehouse at the time of its release. “The app offers a live knowledge base where professionals can access essential VAT information anywhere using their devices and can get instant and live push notifications of any VAT developments happening throughout the region.”Deloitte introduces Arabic-language version of VAT app for the GCCAnd for its latest update, the VAT app is now available to download with a newly installed Arabic-language option – with existing and new users encouraged to visit the Apple or Google play store to ensure the most up to date version is running on their devices. Users can then easily select their preferred language on the main languages screen according to a Deloitte statement.

“The Deloitte app has proved to be a great tool for businesses and individuals alike throughout the past year with thousands of downloads given its relevance, ease of use, instant regular updating and easy access to Deloitte’s core team of Indirect Tax Experts,” Nauman Ahmed, Partner and Tax Leader at Deloitte Middle East, said. “Deloitte will keep on investing in this tool as long as it is useful for both clients and non-clients.”

With its range of updated content, the Big Four firm also says the VAT guide is useful for both orgainisations coming to terms with VAT in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – where the tax has already been introduced at the beginning of this year – and for those in the remaining GCC member-states where its roll-out is imminent; Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar – due before the end of next year.

The GCC Treaty on the introduction of VAT in the bloc is both transformational for the region and the Big Four firms themselves – driving a new wave of growth as clients adjust to the new regulations and explore opportunities. Earlier this year, KPMG Middle East chairman Abdullah Al Fozan cited VAT as one of the drivers of the firm’s exceptional recent returns, while EY MENA has stated that the VAT roll-out is further fuelling local digital transformations.