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The introduction of VAT in UAE

VAT (Value Added TAX), which is also called as ‘tax on consumption’ by some economists, is simply a tax that is payable while purchasing any product. VAT is a particular percentage of the cost of goods and services, hence it can not be considered as a charge on companies. It is a general tax amount, which is added by the producer to the inputs before they are sold as new offerings. The implementation of VAT is an important step to strengthen the indirect tax structure of any country.


Why VAT in UAE ?

The implementation of VAT will provide a new source of income to the government, which will contribute in providing high quality public services in future.

Who will pay the VAT?

VAT will be payable by every individual in the country, who will be willing to buy any product or service.

What will be the VAT Rates?

The VAT rates will be equal or less than to 5% in UAE.

When will VAT go in effect?

VAT is expected to be implemented in UAE on January 1, 2018.

VAT Return and Payment Process

A farmer grows cotton which is plucked and sold to a factory

The factory processes the cotton and manufactures clothes which are sold to a retail chain

The clothes are stocked in stores and placed for sale to consumers.

A consumer buys a new dress.

VAT Services in UAE

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This particular section outlines the timeline when the VAT becomes payable and when it become due to the Collector-General.

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VAT Planning

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VAT Advisory

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