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UAE VAT Authority Addresses Compliance Matters

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

31 January 2018

The UAE's Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has newly launched a number of VAT compliance tools and further confirmed how the value-added tax (VAT) regime, introduced at the start of the year, should operate.

The FTA launched its Tax Registration Number (TRN) verification service on its website on January 23. This enables businesses to check the authenticity of tax invoices, and also to ensure that the merchants and service providers issuing them with invoices are registered with the FTA. Meanwhile, it launched a VAT Calculator, which allows consumers and service recipients to instantly calculate the VAT due on their purchases of goods or services.

"These advanced tools are part of the Authority's strategy to gradually expand its offering in the coming period, and become a leading government entity in providing innovative and smart diverse electronic services," Sarah Al-Habshi, Director of Tax Compliance and Enforcement at the Federal Tax Authority, said.

In addition, to support voluntary compliance, the FTA recently held a seminar attended by nearly 670 experts and stakeholders from sectors dealing with freight forwarders, customs clearance companies, and logistics companies. The workshop was the third of its kind for these sectors and is intended to boost awareness of VAT rules in the UAE. The FTA's team gave a detailed presentation outlining the mechanisms of implementing VAT, as well as the approach to cooperation and coordination between the Authority and its strategic partners from the public and private sectors.

Finally, on January 27, the FTA confirmed businesses are not required to present a tax certificate in order to conduct their commercial activities and can simply use their Tax Registration Number.

It called on firms to require only a counterparty's tax registration number, rather than requesting to view their tax certificate, to ease the administrative burden. Further, it confirmed provisional TRNs are sufficient for conducting business. Those with a provisional TRN will only receive a tax certificate after they have received a final TRN, the FTA confirmed.

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