As of 1 May 2019, DigitalOcean charges a 5% Value Added Tax (VAT) to customers with a tax location in the United Arab Emirates.
The VAT is levied on the import and supply of goods and services at each stage of production and distribution, and includes the services provided by DigitalOcean in the United Arab Emirates. This tax does not affect business-to-business sales. In these cases, the reverse charge mechanism is in effect.
This complies with the Value Added Tax introduced on 1 January 2018 by the United Arab Emirates, which forms part of the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States (GCC). The UAE coordinates VAT implementation with other GCC countries because of the connection with them through the economic agreement between the GCC states and the GCC Customs Union.
Your tax location is typically based on your account address, which is initially set to the payment address of your primary payment method when you sign up. In some locations, we are required by law to consider other account details, like other payment addresses or IP addresses.
You can update your account address and view your account's tax location and rate at any time on the billing page. If you've set your account address correctly but your account's tax location is not what you expect, contact support for help.
USD is the only currency we accept for payments, so all invoices are in USD. We cannot provide invoices in other currencies. Learn more about invoices.