Cameroon imposed its Value Added Tax on digital or electronic services (and goods) sales to consumers by foreign providers and marketplace operators from 1 January 2020. This covers any supplies via electronic platforms and the commissions received by the platform owners. Foreign providers must appoint a VAT Fiscal Representative.
What digital services are liable to Cameroon VAT?
Income from electronic or digital services covers:
- Software licences (eg cloud or SaaS)
- Data storage and processing
- Platform operator commissions
VAT registration and compliance
There is a XAF50 million (approx. €75,000) annual sales VAT registration threshold. Registration may be processed online, and requires a local VAT representative who become jointly and severally liable for the seller’s VAT. Failure to appoint an agent would shift the VAT obligations to the customer who would be required to withhold the VAT due.
Once registered, VAT returns are due each month. They must be filed electronically, along with VAT remittance, but the 15th of the following month.
Marketplace operators acting on behalf of their third-party merchants take on the VAT reporting responsibilities of their merchants.
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Africa & Middle East VAT on digital services
|Comments (click for details)||Rate||Date||Threshold||Comments|
|Cameroon||19.5%||Jan 2020||XAF 50 million|
|Egypt||14%||Sep 2016||EGP 500,000|
|Ghana||12.5%||Apr 2022||GHS 200,000|
|Israel||17%||2022||–||Proposal in 2021/22 budget|
|Oman||5%||Apr 2021||OMR 35,000|
|Saudi Arabia||15%||Jan 2018||Nil|
|South Africa||15%||Jun 2014||ZAR 1 million|
|Tanzania||18%||Jul 2015||TZS 40 million||Only resident|
|Tunisia||19%||Jan 2020||Nil||Withholding VAT; 3% Royalty Tax|
|United Arab Emirates||5%||Jan 2018||AED 375,000|