The General Authority of Zakat and Taxation (GAZT) has said that it will start implementing a decision of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to expand the selective tax on beverages harmful to health.
Accordingly 50 percent selective tax will be imposed on sugary beverages effective from December 1 this year.
The Saudi authority of Zakat & Tax took the decision to impose 100% tax on electronic cigarettes & products used in them, and a 50% tax on sugary drinks.
Saudi Arabia already had a 100% tax on cigarettes and tobacco products, a 100% tax on energy drinks and a 50% one on other fizzy drinks.
The new taxes are imposed on selected products which are harmful to public health.