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Azerbaijan VAT on digital services update

B2B reverse charge withdrawn on digital services 2023

Non-resident providers of digital services in the Central Asian state of Azerbaijan will no longer be able to rely on the reverse charge on B2B transactions. The amendment will come into effect from 1 January 2023.

Few other countries require foreign providers to charge VAT and register for B2B-only sales. One example is Russia.

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The Azerbaijan Ministry of Economy State Tax Service introduced Value Added Tax liabilities on non-resident providers of digital services to consumers on 1 January 2017. Currently, there is not an obligation to VAT register as the government has opted to use a VAT Withholding Tax.

Payment providers Withholding VAT

Azerbaijan has imposed a Withholding VAT on individuals’ payments of the tax element of payments made to non-resident providers.

The current VAT rate in Azerbaijan is 18%, and must be split from the payment via payment providers. This includes credit card merchants, banks, payment e-wallets and others. This excludes payments for hotels and aeroplane bookings.

What e-services are liable to VAT in Azerbaijan?

Income from the following services is liable to VAT at 18%

  • Telecoms data and voice
  • TV and radio broadcasting
  • Gaming and games of chance
  • E-learning
  • Apps
  • SaaS or cloud-based software
  • Streaming or download software
  • Online storage
  • Advertising

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Asia Pacific VAT on digital services

Comments (click for details) Rate Date Threshold Comments
Australia 10% Jul 2017 AUD $75,000
Azerbaijan 12% Jan 2017
Armenia 20% Jan 2022 AMD 115million
Bangladesh 5% - 15% Jul 2019 B2B and B2C
Bhutan 7% Jul 2021 Nu 5million
Cambodia 10% Mar 2022 KHR 250m
China 6%-13% N/a Nil Withholding VAT; B2B and B2C
Fiji 9% TBC FJD 300,000
India 18% Jul 2017 -
Indonesia 11% Aug 2020 IDR600m or 12k customers
Japan 10% Oct 2015 JPY 10 million
Kazakhstan 12% Jan 2022 Nil
Kyrgyzstan 12% Jan 2022 Nil
Laos 10% Feb 2022 LAK 400m
Malaysia 8% Jan 2020 RM500,000
Nepal 13% Jul 2022 Rupees 2m Also 2% DST
New Zealand 15% Oct 2016 NZD 60,000
Pakistan 2% Sep 2021 Nil Marketplace Withholding VAT
Palau 10% Jan 2023 $300,000
Philippines 12% 2024 ? P 3million
Singapore 9% Jan 2020 S$ 100,000
South Korea 10% Jul 2015 Nil
Sri Lanka 18% 2025? LKR 60m Proposals only
Taiwan 5% May 2017 NTD 480,000
Tajikistan 14% Jan 2021
Thailand 7% Sep 2021 1.8m Baht
Uzbekistan 12% Jan 2020 Nil
Vietnam 10% Dec 2020


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