Value-added tax (VAT)
Oman has announced its intention, along with other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries, to implement VAT. The implementation date has not been announced, but it is expected to be no later than 1 January 2019. The rate of VAT will be 5%.
Customs duty of 5% of cost, insurance, and freight (CIF) value applies to most non-GCC source goods. Exemptions apply for certain food items, medical supplies, etc.
There are no excise taxes in Oman.
There are no property taxes in Oman.
Stamp duty is applicable on transfer of land and property at 5% of the value.
Social security contributions
A 17.5% social security contribution is applicable to employees who are Omani nationals, but not to expatriate employees. The employee pays a contribution of 7% of salary, and the employer pays the balance of 10.5%. The employer is also required to contribute for insurance for work-related injuries in the amount of 1% of the salary of the employee. This brings the total monthly social security and insurance contributions to be made by the employer to 11.5%.
Municipal taxes apply to the following items:
- Property rents: 3%.
- Hotel occupancy: 5%.
- Leisure and cinema houses: 10%.