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A general view of Muscat, Oman. More than 94 food items had be added to the zero-VAT list previously. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Dubai: Oman has added 24 more food items to a list of commodities that will be subject to zero value-added tax (VAT).

According to a decision issued by the Sultanate’s tax authority on Sunday, barley, corn, wheat, soybeans as well as bird, poultry and animal feed have been added to the zero-VAT list, along with other items.

Milk, meat, fish, poultry, fresh eggs, vegetables, fruits, coffee, tea, olive oil, sugar, nutritional products for children, bread, bottled drinking water and salt are among the 94 food items that had been added to the list previously.

Some domains such as education, healthcare and financial services are also exempt from VAT in Oman.

A zero rating allows businesses to reclaim any VAT they have paid on costs. A taxable person or business that makes only zero-rated supplies may request to be excluded from the mandatory registration requirement for VAT purposes.

Oman implemented its new VAT system on April 16, 2021.