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UAE VAT 2018

  • Nov 13, 2016 | Richard Asquith

UAE VAT 2018

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has proposed implementing Value Added Tax from 1 January 2018.

A new tax office, the Federal Tax Authority, has been established by Federal Law 13 of 24 October 2016. This body will be responsible for the role out of VAT, and local laws on other taxes, too. It will manage the VAT registration and returns processes.

Aside from launching the new consumption tax, the new Authority will co-ordinate VAT harmonization amongst the other Gulf states in the GCC single market.

VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.