How To Register For Vat in UAE | Vat Registration Number | Alankit

Value Added Tax (VAT) Registration is a tax registration that businesses require for the purpose of trading goodsand providing services in the UAE. Getting a business VAT registered indicates that it is a government-acknowledged business and holds the authority to collect VAT from its customers and remit the same to the government. A VAT registered business is allowed to perform the below-mentioned tasks:

  1. 1. CollectVAT for taxable supply of products and services
  2. 2. Paying VAT to the government
  3. 3. Filing VAT returns periodically
  4. 4. Claim Input Tax Credit on VAT paid on the purchase

All VAT registered businesses have to line up their business reporting system with the compliance needs as accurate and up-to-date books of accounts, tax invoice,Tax debit notes, credit notes, and records to all outward and inward supplies are to be maintained. So, knowing the fundamentals of VAT is a necessity to obtain VAT registration.

Who Should Register Under VAT?

All the businesses are not liable to register under VAT. Businesses that exceed the defined annual aggregate turnover threshold, i.e. AED 375,000 must register under VAT. Also, if it is anticipated that businesses cross the total value of supplies in the next 30 days, then it is mandatory for them to register under VAT.

According to the VAT regulations stated, VAT registration in the UAE can be categorized into the below-listed:

  1. 1. Mandatory VAT Registration
  2. 2. Voluntary VAT Registration
  3. 3. Exemption from VAT Registration

VAT Registration Deadlines in the UAE

As of VAT implementation in the UAE on January 1, 2018, the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) is inviting applications to get businesses VAT registered. The FTA has made an easy provision by opening a portal for businesses to register online. The businesses prepare well in advance to charge VAT from January 1, 2018, with an early call for online registration. In the UAE, the VAT registration process in the FTA portal is carried out in an organized manner based on the turnover of a business.

VAT Turnover Calculation for Registration in the UAE

In the UAE VAT registration process, businesses whose annual aggregate turnover threshold of AED 375,000 exceeds and the voluntary registration threshold of AED 187,500 have the authority to getthemVAT registered. Hence, it is important for businesses to know and determine whether the value of supplies has crossed the voluntary registration threshold limit or mandatory turnover threshold limit.

Mandatory VAT Registration in the UAE

As stated by the Federal Tax Authority (FTA), it is mandatory for businesses to register under the UAE VAT if they have a permanent establishment or place of establishment in the UAE and the total value of supply in the member state in the preceding 12 months has exceeded the mandatory turnover threshold. Also, if the businesses foresee that the total value of the supplies crosses AED 375, 000 in the next 30 days then the business should mandatorily get it necessarily registered.

Businesseswhich do not have a place of residence in the UAE will have to register under Value Added Tax (VAT) irrespective of the registration threshold.

How to Apply for VAT Registration in the UAE

The most common type of indirect tax, VAT is levied on goods and services in the UAE. In the UAE VAT registration process, businesses whose threshold turnover crosses AED 375,000 have to necessarily apply for VAT registration. There is an online portal for VAT registration opened by the Federal Tax Authority (FTA). The deadline for business turnovers has already been set by FTA and the registration will be carried out gradually. While it is essential for businesses to determine their responsibility towards VAT registration, it is also vital for businesses to know and understand the online registration process for VAT.

As a general consumption, VAT is applied to a majority of transactions of goods and services. Therefore having a good understanding of details required for VAT and the process of completing its registration helps businesses to prepare well in advance. The online VAT registration can be completed at ease without any hassle or delays in the process.

Here is the easy online procedure to apply for VAT registration in the UAE:

  1. 1. Create an e-Service account with FTA and sign-up using your credentials.
  2. 2. Fill the VAT Registration Form with all the relevant details required.
  3. 3. Review the form to avoid the furnishing of incorrect details and submit it.

VAT Group Registration

Only the representative member of a prospective Tax Group has the authority to apply for a Tax Group. To apply for a TAX Group formation, the representative member should be in possession of a Tax Registration Number (TRN) or submit a VAT registration application. The prospective members of the Tax Group should be a resident in the UAE, a legal individual, and not a member of any other Tax Group.

How will I get a VAT Registration Number?

The VAT Registration Number is a unique identification number of a business used to determine and manage the payment of indirect taxes levied. Post completion of the VAT Registration Form and its successful verification, VAT Registration Number for the applied business is allocated.

Who will issue the VAT Registration Number?

The unique identification of a business, VAT Registration Number is issued by the Federal Tax Authority of the UAE after the successful verification of the VAT registration application.

VAT Registration Number consists of how many digits?

VAT Registration Number is anticipated to have 15 digits.

If a taxable individual wishes to join the tax group, he has to get registered with FTA in order to be in possession of VAT Registration Number. If he is not registered with the FTA, it is mandatory for him to submit the VAT Registration Form and on submission; a Tax Identification Number (TIN) will be allotted. Having allocated the TIN, the individual is allowed to join the tax group.

Note: Please bear in mind that a TIN is not a valid TRN, it is a number allocated by the FTA for the purpose of tax identification.

Is it mandatory for the Registrant to mention the VAT Number in VAT returns?

In the UAE, every individual who has registered for VATis issued a unique number by the authority known as Tax Registration Number (TRN). The Tax Registration Number is basically your VAT Registration Number or VAT Number.

The taxable individual issued with a VAT registration number is known as 'Registrant '. It is mandatory for the registrant to mention the VAT number in a set of documents such as VAT returns, Tax Credit Note, Tax Invoice and in all other documents as suggested by the UAE VAT LAW and Executive Regulations.

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