Jordan: Jordan Levies New Special Taxes on Food and Beverage Products
Commencing February 15, 2018, the Jordanian government is imposing a 20 percent sales tax on 164 items, mostly food and beverage products (including carbonated drinks); the tax previously was set at 10 percent. The government, aiming to boost its revenue, is now increasing the sales tax to 10 percent on packaged dairy products, eggs, and fruits. Previously taxes ranged from zero to 4 percent. The sales tax on essential food commodities such as sugar, rice, flour, cooking oil, lamb, beef, chicken, fish, fresh milk and tea remains unchanged at zero percent (in order to promote domestic production). Jordan’s Customs Authority is amending its by-laws to levy an additional 5 percent value-added-tax (VAT) on imported commodities (including food products) valued at greater than $142 but less than $14,200.