Revised VAT guidelines in UAE: 5 things to remember

 

Revised VAT guidelines in UAE: 5 things to remember

Dubai - VAT has been set at 5 per cent on a host of products, but certain segments have been exempted.

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Published: Tue 15 Aug 2017, 3:19 PM

Last updated: Sun 27 Aug 2017, 2:40 PM

The final VAT regulations announced last month have helped clear the air for investors and companies in the UAE. Set to be introduced across the Gulf countries, VAT has been set at 5 per cent on a host of products, but certain segments have been exempted, such as basic consumer goods, healthcare and education, etc.

The new law also assigns responsibilities to eligible resident taxable persons including non-residents and investors and their agents as well as nominated representatives who will have to register and ensure specified compliance.

Here are five things you need to know about the revised tax law:

1. All taxable persons are required to register under the respective country's law i.e., VAT and excise, and apply for a Tax Registration Number (TRN) within a stipulated time frame once the new laws are published in UAE, which is expected soon.

2. There has to be the registration and appointment of tax agents and/or a legal representative, who will be responsible for all compliances and for tax payable on behalf of their principals.

3. There are strict penalties for non-compliance including prison terms for responsible and key management personnel/owners and also fines up to five times the tax due and payable by each taxable person and or entity who is in default including any wilful default of any tax provisions.

4. Procedures and timelines for appeals and its disposal have been clearly defined which is likely to be within 20 business days from the date of the taxable or appeal event or liability becoming due for payment.

5. Other key provisions include tax audits, inspections, appeals and their redressals etc.


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