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International Trade and Free Zones
International Trade and Free Zones
International trade: VAT on cross border and free zone transactions

A critical success factor for the VAT implementation will be upskilling yourself and your workforce with the right knowledge and skill-set in the coming months.

With this in mind, PwC’s Academy, the education and training business of PwC, has designed a suite of fit-for-purpose VAT courses that cover the fundamentals of the new VAT legislation, it’s impact on business and the technical and financial acumen required to manage this change. We offer VAT courses in UAE, KSA and Qatar and these can be customised for in-house training across the GCC.

1 day
CPE credits
CPE credits
International Trade and Free Zones

VAT is a consumption based tax and the GCC VAT is applicable on specific transactions where goods or services are consumed within the GCC.

In this course participants will get an insight on accounting VAT for cross border transactions. They will cover the treatment of VAT transactions within the GCC countries and trading with entities outside the GCC. They will also learn about VAT treatment within designated zones.

International Trade and Free Zones

PwC has a proven track record of helping solve tomorrow’s problems today and at the heart of that is our belief in the importance of training. We aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills to embrace the many challenges of this new regime.

Our global network of expert professionals bring their knowledge and practical experience, gained from working within leading organisations, including many in jurisdictions with established VAT systems, into the classroom to give an insight into the commercial and practical realities of working with VAT.

It is of vital importance to prepare early. Our award winning Academy has a proven track record in finance and business training, and 100% pass rates* in our tax professional qualifications, so we can support our client’s business and people in preparation for January 2018, and beyond.

Practical learning. Using practical examples, quizzes and case studies, and supplemented by e-learning support tools, our courses enhance the learning experience and help improve retention and on-the-job application.

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International Trade and Free Zones

This course is suitable for directors, department heads, chief financial officers, and entrepreneurs. It will also benefit any individual who works in the finance or tax department of the organisation or is involved in VAT implementation and compliance.

We have the following discount options available:

  • 5%  Early bird 
  • 10% Professional body/ Corporate discount 
  • 15% Group discount: 3-4 people- Corporate and self paid 
  • 20% Bulk discount (5 or more)
*Terms and conditions apply

- April 2019 VAT upcoming courses Download

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Course structure

Participants will have a clear understanding of key concepts, such as:

The meaning of International Trade

  • Trading with countries outside the GCC
  • Trading with countries within the GCC
  • The concept of distance selling
  • Intra GCC movement of goods

Supply of goods and services

  • How to determine the place of supply rules for goods?
  • How to determine the place of supply for services?
  • The concept of place of residence, place of establishment and fixed establishment

The reverse charge mechanism and the recoverability of Input Tax

Trading within Designated Zones – Free Zones

Documentation required for cross border transactions

Practical scenarios and case studies: Illustrative examples and their VAT treatment

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