FTA enhances e-Services for customs clearance firms

FTA enhances e-Services for customs clearance firms
Enhanced features of e-Services to facilitate customs clearance companies include easier registration procedures and submission of tax returns.

dubai - It has provided for easier registration procedures and submission of tax returns



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Issac John

Published: Mon 2 Jul 2018, 7:15 PM

Last updated: Mon 2 Jul 2018, 9:19 PM

The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has announced enhanced features of its e-Services to facilitate customs clearance companies with easier registration procedures and submission of tax returns.

The updates on the new features were announced during a seminar for freight forwarders and customs clearance companies organised by the FTA. Khalid Ali Al Bustani, director-general of the FTA, said the seminar formed part of the authority's plans to raise the level of tax awareness among business sectors and to ensure continuous communication with employees across all economic activities.

He said the session was important to inform stakeholders about the latest tax procedures and that it acted as a valuable forum that would help ensure the complication-free application of the UAE tax system.

Al Bustani said the authority was keen to establish strategic partnerships with all concerned parties in the country who have a key role in the successful application of the tax system, with business and consumer organisations being significant for the raising of tax awareness in their respective sectors and the Ministry of Economy, economic departments and municipalities important to facilitate joint inspection campaigns that alert violating businesses and achieve full compliance.

He pointed out that the customs clearance companies accredited by the FTA contribute to facilitating the compliance of taxable traders with their tax obligations.

Al Bustani said companies play an important role in strengthening the relationship between the authority and taxpayers by increasing awareness of the importance of compliance, the principles of the system, its executive and supervisory mechanisms and the areas of application.

According to him, the number of approved customs clearance companies has reached 86, with the accredited organisations registered by the authority after having met the technical standards and conditions established by the FTA to ascertain their competencies and professional standards.

Attended by about 100 stakeholders from various shipping, customs clearance and logistics organisations, the seminar saw a team of specialists from the FTA's taxpayers' services department review the electronic processes carried out by the authority to facilitate the work of this important sector and brief participants on the steps it has taken to overcome any obstacles that might be encountered.

- issacjohn@khaleejtimes.com


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