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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

VAT Accounting

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

We believe that no section of the financial legislation is as complex as VAT. No Matter how big the VAT issue is,

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VAT Advisory

For making the possible preparedness for the new tax, one must understand the impact of the new tax system the ongoing

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Latest News

VAT on Real Estates in UAE

November 22, 2017

The value-added tax (VAT) will be introduced in the UAE from January next year. The online registrations for the VAT eligible businesses have already begun on the FTA website. Among the industries that will be affected by VAT, real estate sector is the major one. In this article, we will try to understand the impacts …

VAT on fuel in Saudi Arabia

November 21, 2017

The Value-added tax is all set to be implemented in Saudi Arabia, UAE and other GCC countries from January 1, 2018. Businesses are wondering which items/services will be taxed under VAT and which are exempt. Meanwhile, the recent news about VAT on fuel products has created a stir in the market. Let’s find out more …

List of Items taxed or exempted under VAT in UAE

November 20, 2017

The Value Added Tax (VAT) to be launched on January 1 in UAE will bring many changes in the price structure of the goods and services in the country. While some basic things like school fees will be exempt from tax, many other essential items such as water, food, and jewelry may be included in …

How will economic visions increase competition among GCC Countries?

November 17, 2017

The economic vision statement, which was released by the GCC governments recently, is expected to bring a healthy competition among countries in the region. It will also diversify the economies and lower oil dependency in these countries. The following economic visions were announced by the GCC countries with the aim to make the economic conditions …

Last date for filing excise tax returns and paying dues in UAE

November 14, 2017

Excise duty was implemented by the UAE on October 1. The excise tax provision requires registered businesses to file monthly returns on or before 15th of every month. The last date for UAE businesses for filing their October tax returns is November 15, 2017. The Federal Tax Authority has requested companies to file their returns …

VAT in UAE: Tax Rates on Various Food Items

November 13, 2017

The Value Added Tax, which is being launched in the UAE and five other GCC countries from the next year, includes a tax at the fixed rate of 5%. The businesses and consumers in the regions are getting themselves familiar with the laws and provisions of VAT as the launching date approaches. Meanwhile, an update …


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