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What is Value Added Tax (VAT) in UAE?

Value Added Tax or VAT in short, is an indirect tax imposed on the consumption of goods and services at each point of sale in the UAE. For most products and services, a 5% of VAT tax is levied whereas some categories are subject to a 0% rate for the VAT. This tax was first introduced in the UAE on 1 January 2018. The idea behind the VAT tax was to create a new income stream for the UAE Government so that they may be able to use it to improve the quality of life for the general public.

At Reflechir, we offer expert VAT consultancy services in the UAE so that you may be able to understand and navigate the complex VAT landscape. Our professional VAT consultants offer you guidance in terms of VAT registration, refund, deregistration, and your general queries regarding the Value Added Tax (VAT).

Criteria for VAT Registration

Businesses are required to undergo VAT registration under the following circumstances:


For UAE-Based Businesses

If a business based in the UAE surpasses a threshold of AED 375,000 in the past twelve months or is expecting to surpass in the coming 30 days, for the taxable supplies and imports.

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For Non-UAE Business

If a non-UAE business engages in taxable supplies within the UAE, irrespective of the value, and there is no other party obligated to settle the due tax on these supplies in the UAE.

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Voluntary Registration

UAE based businesses have the option to register for VAT when their supplies and imports exceed AED 187,500 for the past twelve months.

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Fulfilling VAT Filing Requirements: A Comprehensive Overview

After registering for VAT in the UAE, a business must file their VAT returns to make sure that they don’t become liable for any kind of VAT penalties. Here are the basic VAT filing requirements that any business should know:

VAT Penalties for Non-Compliance in the UAE: Understanding the Consequences

VAT compliance is essential in the UAE to avoid unnecessary penalties. Below is a brief overview of the consequences in the case of non-compliance:

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1 Day After Due Date

2% of the unpaid tax is due 1 day after the due date of VAT return filing.

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1 Month After Due Date

4% will be applied to the outstanding balance on the same day every month starting from one month after the VAT payment is due.

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Tax Cap

A 1% per day penalty will be applied on any amount that is still unpaid one month after the deadline for payment, up to a maximum of 300%.

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Failure to Keep the Records

AED 10,000 is charged to the taxable person if they fail to keep the required financial records such as tax invoices and books of accounts specified in the tax law.

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Failure to Register for VAT

If an eligible person doesn’t register for VAT within the mandatory time, they have to pay AED 10,000 as a penalty for late registration.

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Incorrect VAT Return

AED 1,000 for the first time and AED 2,000 in case of repetition will be charged in the current VAT return filing.

Understanding VAT Refunds in UAE

A taxable person is eligible for a VAT refund if the input tax is greater than the output tax on a VAT return. The taxable person can file for a refund after filing a VAT return. Here is how it works:

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VAT Deregistration: Procedures and Considerations

If the taxpayer stops making taxable supplies and they do not expect to make them in the next 12 months, they are eligible for VAT deregistration. Also, if the taxpayer’s turnover for the last 12 months has been less than AED 187,500 and they do not expect to exceed it in the next 30 days, they are eligible for deregistration.

Submit the Application

The taxpayer has to submit a deregistration in the EmaraTax portal.

Filing the Final Return

The taxpayer has to file the final VAT return to the FTA.

Settling the Liabilities

Taxpayers must settle all outstanding liabilities or submit refund applications.

Important Consideration

Taxpayers must submit the VAT deregistration within 20 business days in case they meet the conditions for registrations.

Late Deregistration

Late deregistration results in a penalty of AED 1,000 per month up to AED 10,000.


The taxpayer must keep filing the VAT returns until their deregistration request is approved.


Your Comprehensive Guide to Common Value Added Tax Questions

Value Added Tax (VAT) is a consumption tax imposed on goods and services. In the UAE, VAT was introduced on January 1, 2018, as part of the government’s efforts to diversify revenue sources.

Businesses with the turnover exceeding the mandatory registration threshold are required to register for VAT.

The standard VAT rate in the UAE is 5%. However, certain goods and services are subject to a zero rate or exempt from VAT.

Some essential goods and services, such as certain food items, healthcare, and education, are zero-rated. Exempt items include residential property leasing.

Businesses are generally required to file VAT returns on a quarterly basis. The deadline for submission and payment is 28 days from the end of the tax period.

Yes, registered businesses can reclaim VAT on eligible business expenses. It’s important to maintain proper documentation and adhere to the guidelines set by the Federal Tax Authority (FTA).

Yes, there are penalties for non-compliance, including late filing and payment penalties. The FTA may also impose fines for other violations, such as improper record-keeping or failing to issue tax invoices.

Imported goods and services are generally subject to VAT. The responsibility for VAT payment may lie with the importer or, in certain cases, the recipient of the goods or services.

Businesses must maintain proper records, including tax invoices, accounting records, and other documents as specified by the FTA. This documentation is crucial for the accurate filing of VAT returns and compliance with the law.

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