Is 5% VAT applicable on commercial lease in UAE?

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Is 5% VAT applicable on commercial lease in UAE?

The Federal Tax Authority provided clarity on lease of commercial or residential properties.

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Published: Mon 19 Feb 2018, 11:22 AM

Last updated: Mon 19 Feb 2018, 1:28 PM

UAE started implementing a value-added tax (VAT) of five per cent from January 1, 2018 and businesses in the first phase started registering on the website of the Federal Tax Authority (FTA).   
In response to whether VAT applies to renting office space for commercial purposes, the Federal Tax Authority confirmed that commercial leasing does fall under the category of taxable revenue, irrespective of the type of commercial activity.
The VAT will be applied on the property leased for commercial or residential purposes.    
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