Procedure for Filing VAT Returns in Dubai, UAE

The VAT tax returns will most probably be filed online, and there will be no facility for filing vat returns offline or manually. So, the businesses need to get themselves familiar with the online VAT filing process. Upon registration on the VAT portal, each taxpayer will be given a unique TIN and password for their online account on the website. These details are to be used to file returns online.

How to apply: Electronically through the DFTA portal

6 easy steps to file VAT return in UAE:-

  1. Visit the online portal of the Federal Tax Authority at
  2.  Click the return filing option under the e-services section of the portal
  3.  Log in  FTA eService portal using your TIN and password
  4.  Fill in the VAT return: Form with the details of your business, transactions, tax liability, penalties (if any), etc. The sales and all other outputs as well as on expenses and Upload the required documents, bills, etc. fill the all other inputs as follows: (1. The net amounts excluding VAT,  2.The VAT amount).
  5. Submit the Form: All the customer carefully review the information entered on the form. and fill the all mandatory fields and after that confirming the declaration.Once you satisfied all of the fill information included in the VAT Return is correct, click on the Submit button.
  6. The last Payment option through “My Payments” tab. Ensure payment deadlines are met.

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The exact procedure for filing UAE VAT returns will be revealed only after the launch of VAT in UAE, however, the process is more or less likely to be the same as mentioned above.

Value Added Tax (VAT) Returns User Guide

VAT return user guide

There are many audit firms, tax consultants and accountants in Dubai who can help you with the VAT implementation, rules and return filing once the new tax system is launched in the country.

All TAX return requirements before filling in the form

  • Value of goods and services made within the limitations period, subject to the standard rate of the VAT, these supplies and VAT has to be separate by Emirate.
  •  The Supplies of the reverse charge provisions (If applicable) ( VAT has been declared, which other than goods imported ).
  • Zero-rated supplies (If applicable).
  •  Exempt supplies (if applicable).
  •  Goods imported into the UAE (VAT due is occupied based on the amounts declared by your customs import declaration).
  •  Improvement to the goods item imported into the UAE (if applicable).
  • You would like to recover input tax and the tax amounts that are recoverable which All expenses, subject to the standard rate of the VAT.
  • The tax amounts that are recoverable. All expenses which were subject to the reverse charge for which you would like to recover input tax.

Read the complete guide on VAT return form 201 requirements


4 Replies to “Procedure for Filing VAT Returns in Dubai, UAE”

  1. I spent a week in Dubai as a tourist and want to claim VAT paid for all the items I purchased (and also for the hotel stay if this is eligible). Please help me get correct form and procedure. I am a Canadian and I live in East Africa.

  2. Dear ,

    Please support in this case.. we are an entity established business in Dubai and we are supplying our goods in all other emirates (Abu Dhabi, Sharjah & etc..), when we prepared our VAT return for filling in Jan, Feb & Mar’18 we’ve separated our sales which took place in each emirate in our VAT return. which means if we made a whole sale of 100,000.00 around the emirates in the following order ( Dubai 20,000.00 & Abu Dhabi 15,000.00 & Sharjah 25,000 etc..) we’ve filled in the VAT return the same information.
    So the question is: is it right to fill like this since we are an established entity in Dubai only?

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