VAT affects all transactions involving the provision of goods or services in every Bangladesh jurisdiction and in many jurisdictions outside the Bangladesh. An understanding of how VAT operates is essential if businesses are to avoid failing to charge VAT when appropriate and unnecessary costs in terms of not being able to reclaim VAT charged to them. Penalties are increasingly stringent for non-compliance.

Our specialist VAT team advises clients on the incidence of VAT, how to structure commercial transactions in a VAT efficient way and registration and compliance generally.

We also advise on customs duties, including the procedures for importing and exporting goods, the prohibitions and restrictions, the reliefs available (including temporary importation relief and inward and outward processing reliefs), the classification of goods for tariff purposes and valuation issues, so as to ensure that the correct amount of customs duties is paid at the right time. Most of our VAT lawyers also have direct tax experience, so we are able to give VAT advice in the context of the overall tax implications of any particular transaction, ensuring that any VAT solution does not give rise to adverse direct tax consequences. We have contentious VAT lawyers within the team who can provide assistance in relation to VAT disputes and negotiating settlements.