FTA issues provisional Tax Registration Numbers

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 24 December 2017: The UAE’s Federal Tax Authority (FTA) is providing businesses with provisional Tax Registration Numbers (TRNs).

FTA has already issued provisional Tax Registration Numbers for Tax groups and will provide the same for individual businesses shortly.

The FTA is urging businesses in the UAE that did not register yet to register for Value Added Tax (VAT) to avoid the risk of missing the January 1, 2018, deadline.

This applies to businesses with taxable supplies and imports of goods and services exceed Dh375,000 over the previous 12 months. Taxable supplies are identified as all supplies of goods and services made, which are not exempt.

FTA also called on businesses to verify the data that is entered in the application form, carefully review the form and ensure its flawlessness before submitting, as faulty data could lead to the rejection of the application.

Registration is available 24/7 through the Federal Tax Authority’s website. Businesses are required to visit the website www.tax.gov.ae, select the e-Services portal, sign up and create an account. Once the email has been verified, they can log in and register.

The FTA has urged businesses to provide accurate information and make sure they enter it properly into the application form. To complete the registration process, scanned documents must be attached, including the business or trade license, passport/Emirates ID (for UAE residents) of the manager or owner of the business, and the authorized signatory (if the signatory is not the manager him/herself), as well as proof of authorization for the manager or signatory (e.g. articles of association, power of attorney attested by notary, etc.).

Sharjah monitors markets to prevent any exploitation of VAT

SHARJAH: Sultan Abdullah bin Hadda Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Sharjah Economic Development Department, SEDD, said that the Department seeks to ensure that the economic establishments will apply the laws regulating the Value Added Tax, VAT, especially with regard to tax invoice, which will be implemented from the beginning of next month.

He said that there are 12 criteria that must be placed in any tax invoice and 5 criteria in the simplified bill including mainly the description of the goods or services being supplied, the price of each unit of the good or service, the quantity and size to be supplied, and the amount payable in dirhams, Wam added.

The department pays great attention to embracing a wide-ranging and well-organised field plan for the control campaigns on the markets in Sharjah, to ensure the safety of all commercial practices, and to raise awareness among traders and consumers, to put an end to all practices of fraud and commercial malfunction, as well as reduce malpractices that anyone may use, Al Suwaidi added in a statement.

He stressed on the importance of communicating with the public in case of facing any case of commercial fraud or if the providers didn’t complied with the applied rules. He also emphasised on the importance that consumers should keep the purchase bill, which is a reference to them to guarantor their rights if they wish to file a complaint.

He clarified that all investors subjected to VAT should register at the Federal Tax Authority, FTA, before the end of the current year 2017 in order to avoid being subjected to any legal accountabilities. He also stated that the Economic Department will intensify its efforts in monitoring the markets at the Emirate of Sharjah and will cooperate with the concerned authorities in the country too to ensure the commitment of all economic establishments with the requirements imposed by the FTA.