Federal Tax Authority cautions against VAT exemptions in UAE

Federal Tax Authority cautions against VAT exemptions in UAE

Abu Dhabi - The FTA urged taxable businesses to remain vigilant and precise in their business transactions.



By Staff Report

Published: Sun 29 Apr 2018, 8:00 PM

Last updated: Sun 29 Apr 2018, 10:49 PM

The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has reiterated its call for all registered businesses to collect Value Added Tax (VAT) and Excise Tax on all taxable transactions and from all customers, cautioning against exempting any individual or organisation that does not fall under one of the exempted categories specified in the UAE tax laws.
In an official statement issued today, the FTA urged taxable businesses to remain vigilant and precise in their business transactions. Businesses must avoid granting VAT exemptions, the Authority warned, clarifying that no transaction may be considered as outside the scope of tax, exempt, or zero-rated unless it was stated in the legislation or announced by the Ministry of Finance or The Federal Tax Authority. Any such exception being made is considered illegal and the supplier shall be liable for the tax not collected on the supply.
The authority reassured businesses that it periodically issues updated official notices that clearly specify the categories that are not subject to tax, are exempted, or zero-rated, as stipulated in UAE tax laws and formal cabinet decisions.


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