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Gulf and Middle East states look at sales tax

25 September 2010 Last updated at 16:16 BST

Countries in the Middle East and the Gulf are looking at a sales tax or VAT to balance their budgets.

The region's low-tax status is quite often a draw for business, but governments may need to raise revenue to provide services, as Dean Rolfe, tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Middle East, told the BBC's Nima Abu Wardeh.