How to Register for VAT in the UAE?

Posted on Nov 28, 2017

How to Register for VAT in the UAE?

January 1st, 2018 will be the day the UAE implements VAT in its country, The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has announced that Businesses can start registering for VAT three months before this date, that is, from October 1, 2017 and all those businesses with an annual turnover of Dh375,000 must go for online registration through the authority's website in January 2018at a standard rate of 5 per centto non-essential consumer goods. All you need to know is the procedure how to get register for VAT in UAE which is given below.

The FTA website will facilitate the registration procedures for all businesses that are subject to the new taxation. Every taxable person resident of a member state whose value of annual supplies, imports or exports, in the member state exceeds or is expected to exceed the mandatory registration threshold is required to register for VAT.

There are two broad thresholds for registration according to FTA:

  • Mandatory registration threshold is AED 375,000
  • Voluntary registration threshold is at least AED 187,500

Method of calculating threshold is:

  • Total value of supplies made by a taxable person for the previous 12 months; or
  • Total value of supplies of the subsequent 30 days

(Value of exempted supplies will not be considered for computing the annual supplies)

As Vat will be implemented in UAE it is important for businesses to get VAT ready and get prepared for VAT registration as well, VAT will be an ultimate charge on the customers it is the most active tax worldwide. The FTA, which is the UAE government's entity responsible for administering, implementing, and collecting federal taxes in the Emirates, said that Businesses can start registering for VAT three months before this date, that is, from October 1, 2017 and all those businesses with an annual turnover of Dh375,000 must go for online registration through the authority's website in January 2018.Taxpayers can also opt for the voluntarilyregistration if the total value of their taxable supplies exceeded the threshold limit of Dh187,500, or if the business expects to exceed that threshold within the next 30 days.

The authority urged the businesses, with an annual turnover of over Dh150 million, to register themselves before October 31, 2017 while businesses with an annual turnover exceeding Dh10 million are allowed to register before November 30, 2017.

So all those who are worrying about how to get registered of enrolled have to perform a simple task, they have to go through the online portal of FTA or For a detailed guide on how to go about VAT registration, you can go through this guide published by the FTA, The registration portal is available to all businesses 24*7 to assure the complete, relevant and accurate details about the process of the registration to all businesses from all sectors through the website, which has been specially designed to meet international standards and to provide guidance to registrars on the completion of their applications. Companies can register on the online portal of the FTA. Businesses are required to set up an online account on the site and fill up the VAT registration form and they also require some documents while registering like trade license, certificate of incorporation etc.

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