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VAT Registration Guide
The UAE's Federal Tax Authority (FTA) announced that online registration for Value-Added Tax (VAT) is now open through the Authority's website ahead of the tax's implementation from January 1, 2018.
VAT timeline
31 October 2017

Businesses with an annual turnover exceeding AED 150 million should apply for registration by 31 October 2017
30 November 2017

Businesses with an annual turnover exceeding AED 10 million should apply for registration by 30 November 2017
4 December 2017

All other business entities with an annual turnover exceed the mandatory registration threshold (AED 375,000) should apply for registration by 4 December 2017
Who is required to register for VAT
AED 375,000

Mandatory registration threshold*: AED 375,000
AED 187,500

Voluntary registration threshold*: at least AED 187,500
*Threshold will be calculated as follows >>
Threshold will be calculated as follows:
– 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

No threshold applies to non established taxable persons – they may be required to register
Taxable supply definition >>
For the purposes of understanding whether a registration obligation exists, a taxable supply refers to a supply of goods or services made by a business in the UAE that may be taxed at a rate of either 5% or 0%. Imports are also taken into consideration for this purpose, if a supply of such goods or services would be taxable if made within the UAE.
Mandatory Registration
A business must register for VAT if the total value of its taxable supplies and imports within the UAE exceeds the mandatory registration threshold of AED 375,000, either during the previous 12 months or within the upcoming 30 days.
Voluntary Registration

A business can voluntarily register for VAT if the total value of its taxable supplies and imports within the UAE exceeds the voluntary registration threshold of AED 187,500, either during the previous 12 months or within the upcoming 30 days.

A business can also register voluntarily if its expenses exceed the voluntary registration threshold.
Non-resident Registration
A non-resident doing taxable business in the UAE needs to register for VAT regardless of the above-mentioned thresholds.
VAT Group - Registration
If a company has multiple entities that trade with each other, it is possible to register as a VAT group. In a group registration, all of the entities within the VAT group are treated as one entity for VAT purposes. The supplies made between members of a VAT group are disregarded (no VAT is due on them). The supplies made by the VAT group to an entity outside the VAT group are subject to normal VAT rules. When a company registers as a VAT group, it receives a single TRN and will file a single VAT return.
How to register for VAT?
Business can register through the e-Services portal on the FTA website.
What are the supporting documents/details required to register under VAT
Passport and Emirates ID
Financial Statements
Turnover figures for the previous 12 months
Projected turnover figures for the future.
Contact information
Authorized Signatory documents
Bank Account details
Authorized Signatory documents
Description of the business.
Trade licence
Certificate of incorporation (if applicable)
Articles of Association/ Partnership Agreement (if applicable)
Expected values of imports and exports
Make your company comply with VAT regulations
VAT Law requirements:
Calculate VAT
You'll be required to calculate VAT based on incoming and outgoing invoicing, import and export transactions, prepayments, returns and adjustments.
Keep other accounting operations
You'll be required to be able to provide to Tax Authority records about balance sheet and profit and loss accounts, records of wages and salaries, records of fixed asset.
Sign, collect, process invoices
You'll be required to sign, collect
and process all your invoices in
time to avoid fines from FTA0
Submit payable tax report
You'll be required to file VAT tax
reports to the government on
quarterly basis
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Source: The UAE's Federal Tax Authority Website
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