The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) confirms exemption of Value Added Tax for the Financial Sector and Banking Services
Published on 25 December 2018
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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 25 December 2018 – In implementation of the directives of His Majesty the King to take into consideration the needs of the Bahraini citizens through exemptions of basic goods and services from the application of the Value Added Tax (VAT).

The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) hereby confirms that Article 54 of the Value Added Tax Law (VAT Law) provides that provision of financial services specified by the Regulation shall be exempt from the application of VAT. This exemption shall not apply in respect of specifically specified fees, commissions or commercial discounts.

Therefore, banking transactions will not be subject to VAT either on loan interests, deposits or withdrawals from accounts either cash or cheques, including withdrawal and deposit through ATMs, as well as transferring or receiving of any transactions with cash or any financial bond or banknotes or any payment orders. In addition to the exemption of Islamic financial products provided in accordance with approved contracts.

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