INTRODUCTION OF THE VALUE ADDED TAX (‘VAT’) IN THE UAE
On 27 August 2017, the Ministry of Finance of the UAE has released the Federal Decree-Law No (8) of 2017 on Value Added Tax (“UAE VAT Law”). The UAE VAT Law provides the legal framework for the UAE’s introduction of VAT from 1 January 2018.
The standard rate of VAT for goods and services is 5% with certain exceptions which could be – zero- rated or exempt from VAT or outside the scope of VAT.
The UAE VAT law is only one part of the puzzle, the VAT Executive regulations should follow shortly to provide a full picture on the UAE’s VAT implementation and are expected to be released during Quarter 4 of year 2017. With the VAT registration due to open in mid-September, Now is the time that you begin to comprehend the potential impact of VAT on your business so as to reduce friction at a later date.
The enclosed fact sheet highlights the implications that VAT will have on businesses and provides extensive information on the implementation of this new indirect tax in the region.
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