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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 12: Ministry of Finance has started applying tax retention on all contracts obliging each establishment to comply by retaining 5 percent of the payment due to contractors or subcontractors, as well as payment related to a contract or subcontract or services until valid tax clearance certificates are provided at the end of the contract, reports Al-Anba daily.

The daily noted the Department of Taxation and Planning in the Ministry of Finance has started notifying the companies to provide tax certificate. It noted the certificate is valid up to one year. Officials of some companies affirmed the mechanism is still new, and they’re not fully acquainted with the details.

Meanwhile, representative of a global accounting firm accredited by the Kuwaiti government for implementation of tax retention stated the new system aims to control the annual corporate tax account as part of the ministry’s plan to stop tax evasion.

Ministry of Finance eyes upgrade of the tax sector
Ministry of Finance intends to prepare a file by which it will float tender to upgrade tax sector in the ministry through an electronic platform that depends on the establishment of an integrated tax system as a prelude to implementing a new tax regime, reports Al-Shahed daily.

The daily quoting a source noted the ministry is on the verge of preparing tender to upgrade the tax sector, which will serve as a stepping stone in establishing the Public Authority for Tax. It will also improve the automation system, train personnel and prepare them for execution of value added tax in 2019. He hopes the country will realize about KD 1 billion in profits at the first stage of implementing the value added tax. He also said the committee that is responsible for studying value added tax system has been working on data gathering and statistics related to the number of agencies and companies that are taxable.

This will also include imported products and goods produced, packaged or filled locally. Ministry of Finance has been test running the fingerprint attendance system on smart phones. It will later be put into full application when readiness is 100 percent ascertained, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The daily quoting a source explained the new system will enable employees to observe the fingerprint attendance via their smart phones immediately after they arrive at the places of work. This will save them the stress of queuing for their turn, as currently observed in the conventional system. He explained the system will be applicable to employees in the supervisory positions initially and later cover all ministry staff.

Implementation of the system will be extended to all ministries and agencies in the country when its performance is adjudged satisfactory, he said. He shed light on some peculiarities of the new system such as identifying the location of employees to ensure they’re within their duty posts and detecting those who deliberately leave the premises during official working hours.

source: Arab Times http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/ministry-finance-starts-applying-tax-retention-contracts-provide-tax-certificates/


The State of Kuwait represented by the Ministry of Interior is presenting an e-Visa issuing service. Visitors to Kuwait may issue a visiting e-Visa 

Rules and Regulations

  1. The following nationalities are allowed to use the e-Visa system:
    SPAIN SWEDEN SWITZERLAND The People's Republic of China - HONGKONG
  1. GCC residents
    GCC residents can apply for e-Visa if they have residency in one of the GCC countries (Saudi Arabia-Bahrain-Qatar-United Arab Emirates-Oman)
    • The validity of the GCC residency must exceed six months when applying for e-Visa.
    • A copy of the Sponsor's GCC residency should be sent along with each e-Visa application for all of the dependents i.e: ( spouse, children, domestic labor etc).
    • The main applicant (Sponsor) should be present with the dependents upon arrival to Kuwait.
    • The applicant's profession according to the GCC residency should be one of the following: -
      Consultants Doctors Engineers Lawyers
      Judges&Members of Public Prosecution University Teachers Press&Media Staff Pilots
      System Analysts & Computer Programmers Managers Businessmen Diplomatic Corps
      University Graduates – Owners, Managers and Representatives of Commercial Companies and Establishments
  2. Upon your arrival, a visa fee of 3KD may apply after obtaining the visa at the border entry point.
  3. The validity of the passport must exceed six months when applying for e-Visa.
  4. Temporary Travel Documents holders in all its kinds are not permitted to use this system.
  5. The applicant must not have any security restrictions that prevent him from entering or exiting the country.
  6. In case of any differences between information provided in the application form and the original documents, the granted e-Visa will be considered invalid and its holder will not be allowed to enter the country.
  7. A tourist visa is valid to enter Kuwait State within a month from its issuance for a single entry.
  8. A tourist visa allows its holder a temporary stay for a maximum of 3 months starting from the entry date, therefore he must leave the country before its expiration. The tourist visa holder is not allowed to work in the country and in case he/she is caught they will be subjected to the legal accountability.
  9. A visitor who overstays the permitted period will be fined and subjected to legal accountability that may extend to disqualifying him from issuing visa in the future.
  10. The submitted applications will be responded to during working days within official working hours. This does not include weekends in Kuwait (Friday and Saturday) and public holidays.
  11. We will exert much efforts to respond to your applications within two working days.
  12. You will be informed via your email once your tourist e-Visa application has been approved or declined.

Click Here To apply for a new e-Visa application.

Click Here To follow-up the status of e-Visa application.

Main Source: https://evisa.moi.gov.kw/evisa/home_e.do

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 9: An Indian expatriate was arrested at Kuwait International Airport for attempting to enter the country illegally as he was deported from Kuwait 20 years ago. Sensing his nervousness, officials at the airport checked his details and discovered that he was banned from entering Kuwait. He was referred to the concerned authorities for further investigations. Meanwhile, an Arab expatriate, who arrived at Kuwait International Airport from an Asian country, was arrested for attempting to smuggle traditional wrist watches of a known brand, after declaring them at a value that is one-quarter of the actual value.

Woman blackmailed: A Kuwaiti citizen was arrested for blackmailing a Bedoun woman by threatening to spread her personal photographs on social media if she did not pay him KD 3,000, reports Al-Anba daily. The woman told police that the suspect, whom she knows, took a group of photographs of her. However, she was later surprised when he started demanding KD 3,000. He threatened to publish the photographs on social media if she did not give him the money. The Prosecution issued an arrest warrant after the woman lodged the complaint. After the suspect was arrested, he confessed to the blackmailing charges. He was referred to the concerned authorities for necessary legal action.

Couple doing drugs: Two Kuwaiti citizens — a man and a woman — were arrested for consuming drugs behind a building in Mahboula area, reports Al-Nahar daily. While on a routine patrol, Ahmadi securitymen suspected a vehicle that was parked behind a building and decided to check. They found the man and woman taking drugs. After a thorough search of the vehicle, securitymen found a sachet of “Chemical” drug and drug paraphernalia. The suspects were arrested and referred to the Drugs Control General Department for necessary legal action.


By Meshal Al-Sanousi Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

Source: Arab Times http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/deported-indian-returning-20-years-arrested-kuwaiti-woman-blackmailed/


PACI working on ‘Lidar’ project

DUBAI, Oct 9, (KUNA): Kuwait wil be capable of hosting self-driving vehicles thanks to an advanced road scanning system set to be launched by Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) for the first time in the Gulf region. PACI Deputy Director General for information systems and technology Mansour Al-Metthen said that PACI has recently complemented the implementation of Lidar, a highly accurate road and street scanning system, inside Kuwait.

In remarks to KUNA at the 37th GITEX Technology Week Exhibition in Dubai, he said the system also allows the inspection of the length, width and height of surrounding buildings to allow for the future usage of autonomous cars.

The new system depends on field scanning, using specialized vehicles, that roam the streets to specify all of its dimensions, as well as a 360 degree photographic survey of all the country’s roads, he added. This will give Kuwait a “distinguished status” in developed transporting technology, he said. This system is a brand new one in the region and is still under primary examination before being officially introduces by the end of this year, including developed tools that allows all for the state’s institutions and ministries to benefit, especially the Municipality, Interior Ministry, and Ministry of Public Works, he said PACI is also working on “Kuwait Finder “ project that works on inspecting the traffic jam updates, side by side with the “Lider System” which offers high definition photos of Kuwait’s streets from all directions.

This will lay a solid base for launching the self-driving cars, he said. PACI will also launch a new project during the upcoming weeks regarding the statistical information, as they will be reachable by public thorough smart phones and tablets, Al-Metthen added. The statistical information system will offer accurate numbers of the population, and the most populous areas, along with social status information, and all this info would be easily accessed through smart phones sand tablets as well, he said.

PACI has lately offered an electronic signing service that connects between the civil ID and the official signature of the users, which allows them to conduct commercial and banking transactions electronically. The Authority signed with the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) a memorandum of understanding last September, that allows PACI to be a pioneer in initiating such service.

source: Arab Times http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/self-driven-cars-hit-kuwait-market/


KUWAIT (KUNA) Assistant Undersecretary of the Roads Department at the Public Works Ministry Eng. Ahmad Al-Hassan said Monday that the study of imposing fees for usage of some roads aims at developing the road traffic system.

In an interview with the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai, Al-Hassan pointed out that there will be different alternatives roads that would be free of charge. On the new roads projects, Al-Hassan confirmed that the plan includes a number of roads that will be open and mentioned the completion of the west part of Jamal Abdulnasser road, which will be delivered during the first quarter of next year.

He pointed out that 26 road projects will be implemented in the near future. In this regard, he referred to a five-year agreement to be assigned to the consultant who developed the city of Abu Dhabi to follow up the projects.

Source: KUNA http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2645742&language=en


KUWAIT: Well-informed sources said Deputy PM and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah has instructed the citizenship, passports and residency affairs sector to prepare a full study on the total numbers of expats belonging to seven nationalities on whom entry restrictions have been imposed, pending granting visit visas to their first-degree relatives.

The sources added that the office of the interior ministry’s assistant undersecretary for citizenship, passport and residency affairs Maj Gen Mazen Al-Jarrah has already started calculating the number of expats belonging to these seven nationalities who are living in the country and have applied for family visit visas for reunion purposes.

The sources said that the study showed that 14,000 residents, mainly Syrians, have applied for such visas and were asked to check with the department three months later, The study also recommended installing new forgery detectors at the airport to prevent the entry of passengers with fake passports. The study stressed that only first-degree relatives would be given family visit visas and that dependent visas will be restricted to certain humanitarian cases only

By A. Saleh

Source: Kuwait Times: http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/visit-visas-issued-7-restricted-nationalities/

Some of the illegal expats in police custody

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 8: Farwaniya securitymen arrested 27 violators of residency law and five wanted individuals during security campaigns. According to security sources, Farwaniya Security Director Major General Saleh Al-Enezi formed a team of securitymen to launch the security campaigns throughout the governorate. During these campaigns, securitymen set up security checkpoints and arrested at these checkpoints 27 violators of residency law and five individuals who were wanted by law for financial cases.

They were referred to the concerned authorities for necessary legal action. More of such campaigns will be carried out in all areas of the governorate. Meanwhile, detectives from the General Department of Residency Affairs apprehended 73 individuals from different nationalities for violating residency law during a campaign at shops in Souk Al-Safafer and Sharq Industrial Area, reports Al-Anba daily.

Most of the suspects arrested are believed to have absconded from their sponsors since they held Article 20 visas for domestic workers. They admitted working on daily wages but not for their sponsors. Verification of their status revealed they’ve all violated residency law and were wanted for various offenses. They have since been detained, while their sponsors are invited to initiate investigations.

By Meshal Al-Sanousi Al-Seyassah Staff

Source: Arab Times http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/scores-arrested-sharq-raids/


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