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Egypt levies VAT on bloggers, YouTubers and content creators

VAT liabilities on paid-for content and related promotions

Egypt has extended the Value Added Tax charging and collection obligations to creators of online content. This includes participants on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, and well as SubStack, and similar paid-for blogging sites

The current VAT rate in Egypt is 14%.  Egypt VAT on digital services was introduced in September 2016.

Any provider will only be included if they exceed the annual VAT registration threshold of EGP 500,000 (approx. €27,400 or $31,800).

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Ministry of Finance aims to expand revenues

A public statement made on at the time of the confirmation said:

Ministry of Finance is exerting every effort to achieve tax justice by listing the tax community more accurately, especially the transactions that take place through electronic platforms, to include the informal economy in the official system and seize the rights of the state’s public treasury.

Africa & Middle East VAT on digital services

Comments (click for details) Rate Date Threshold Comments
Algeria 9% Jan 2020 Nil
Angola 14% Oct 2019
Bahrain 10% Jan 2019 Nil
Benin 18% Oct 2023 TBC
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Israel 17% TBC Proposals withdrawn
Ivory Coast 18% 2022 -
Kenya 16% Sep 2013 - Registration threshold removed 2023
Kuwait 5% Jan 2024? - TBC
Mauritius 15% 2020
Nigeria 7.5% Jan 2020 $25,000
Oman 5% Apr 2021 OMR 35,000
Rwanda 18% TBC
Saudi Arabia 15% Jan 2018 Nil
Senegal 18% Jan 2023 Nil Fiscal representative required
South Africa 15% Jun 2014 ZAR 1 million
Tanzania 18% Jul 2022 Nil Residents since Jul 2015
Tunisia 19% Jan 2020 Nil Withholding VAT; 3% Royalty Tax
Uganda 18% Jan 2020 UGX 150m
United Arab Emirates 5% Jan 2018 AED 375,000
Zimbabwe 14.5% Jan 2020 Nil


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