The eastern Himalayan state of Bhutan has introduced its Sales Tax on non-resident providers of digital services to its consumers. Such providers are now obliged to register, and report to the tax authorities when the pass a registration threshold of Nu 5million per annum (approx €55,000). The current Sales Tax rate is 7%.
GST implementation is likely, and came into effect for non-residents too. Affected providers should have started their VAT registration process prior to this launch date.
Electronic distribution network’ (EDP) marketplace liabilities
The tax liability falls with the provider of the digital services or any facilitating ‘electronic distribution network’ (EDP) marketplace. This follows the Australian model, targeting any party (including a website, internet portal, gateway, online store or marketplace) that provides the services / delivers by means of electronic communication.
VAT Calc tracks global VAT and GST on digital services to verify which countries have imposed VAT or GST on electronic services.
Asia Pacific VAT on digital services
|Comments (click for details)||Rate||Date||Threshold||Comments|
|Australia||10%||Jul 2017||AUD $75,000|
|Armenia||20%||Jan 2022||AMD 115million|
|Bangladesh||5% - 15%||Jul 2019||–||B2B and B2C|
|Bhutan||7%||Jul 2021||Nu 5million|
|Cambodia||10%||Mar 2022||KHR 250m|
|China||6%-13%||N/a||Nil||Withholding VAT; B2B and B2C|
|Indonesia||11%||Aug 2020||IDR600m or 12k customers|
|Japan||10%||Oct 2015||JPY 10 million|
|Laos||7%||Feb 2022||LAK 400m|
|Nepal||13%||Jul 2022||Rupees 2m||Also 2% DST|
|New Zealand||15%||Oct 2016||NZD 60,000|
|Pakistan||2%||Sep 2021||Nil||Marketplace Withholding VAT|
|Singapore||7%||Jan 2020||S$ 100,000|
|South Korea||10%||Jul 2015||Nil|
|Taiwan||5%||May 2017||NTD 480,000|
|Thailand||7%||Sep 2021||1.8m Baht|