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The implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) in the UAE marks a significant shift for businesses across different industries. Companies need to evaluate how VAT will affect their transactions, including potential impacts on prices and margins. Our VAT consultants provide extensive VAT services in UAE

As part of a regional agreement, GCC countries have collectively agreed to introduce Value Added Tax across the region. The UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have already passed VAT laws and regulations, which came into effect on January 1, 2018.

Value Added Tax in UAE

At Square International Auditing and Advisory, we understand the challenges businesses face in preparing for VAT implementation. That’s why we offer a dedicated team of trained VAT Consultants to assist you. Our experienced VAT team in the UAE, supported by international VAT experts within the SIAA network, advises and implements strategies to ensure organizations comply with VAT obligations, minimize VAT liabilities, and assist clients without full VAT recovery.

Value Added Tax and indirect taxes are complex and transaction-driven, impacting your bottom line significantly. At Square International, we provide comprehensive VAT services in UAE and indirect tax services in UAE across your business lifecycle. From company formation to transaction structuring and litigation support, we’re here to help.

Our VAT consultants ensure your business functions align with Federal Tax Authority (FTA) laws, ensuring complete VAT compliance. From proper VAT invoice formatting to timely VAT return filing, we handle all aspects to help you achieve your goals seamlessly.

With a team of professional and experienced VAT experts, Square International Auditing and Advisory is fully equipped to provide authentic VAT services tailored to your business needs. We assess the impact of VAT on your business and ensure smooth operations, allowing you to focus on your core activities.

Implementing VAT entails significant compliance costs and potential cash flow implications for businesses. While VAT is not directly intended to tax businesses, the process of collecting and remitting the tax to the government carries its own financial burdens.

Supply chains must be thoroughly reviewed to assess the impact of VAT, and businesses must identify VAT costs and accounting obligations to address them effectively.

Furthermore, adapting to VAT necessitates updating or upgrading ERP and IT systems to accurately capture input and output VAT. Governance frameworks need reviewing and updating to ensure compliance with VAT legislation for policies, processes, and controls.

VAT Registration UAE

In the UAE, businesses are required to undergo VAT registration if their taxable supplies and imports surpass the mandatory registration threshold of AED 375,000. Moreover, businesses have the option to voluntarily register for VAT if the total value of their taxable supplies and imports (or taxable expenses) exceeds the voluntary registration threshold of AED 187,500.


Types of Registration

Any business which exceeds mandatory or voluntary registration thresholds may be required or may be able to register for VAT.

Mandatory Registration

A Business Must Register If:

A business must register for VAT if either its taxable supplies and imports exceeded the AED 375,000 threshold in the past 12 months or it anticipates exceeding this threshold within the next 30 days. This requirement does not apply to foreign businesses.

Voluntary Registration

A Business May Apply to Register it does not meet the Mandatory registration criteria and:

If a business's taxable supplies, imports, or taxable expenses in the past 12 months surpass the voluntary registration threshold of AED 187,500, or if it anticipates exceeding this threshold within the next 30 days, then it must register for VAT.

VAT Consultants UAE

At Square International Auditing, we are approved VAT Consultants providing top-notch VAT services in  UAE. Our comprehensive VAT services in UAE include:

When applying for UAE VAT registration, businesses must select one of two categories based on your annual turnover:

  1. Mandatory VAT Registration
  2. Voluntary VAT Registration

Before initiating the VAT registration process, businesses should carefully consider various factors, such as whether to opt for mandatory or voluntary registration. Another important consideration is whether to apply for a single VAT registration or to register as part of a Tax group.

We help you:

  • Obtain your VAT registration certificate.
  • Ensure that your business structure aligns with VAT regulations.
  • Choose the right VAT accounting method.

With our assistance, you can confidently step into the world of VAT with your business fully compliant.

VAT return filing is a simple process that determines the VAT owed or refunded to tax authorities. Usually done quarterly, it helps businesses maintain financial stability. Ensuring VAT compliance is vital to avoid penalties.

Businesses must file VAT returns every three months, with some required to do so monthly. Complying with VAT regulations offers legal protection and minimizes financial risks.

As a VAT registered entity, you must submit a VAT return either quarterly or monthly. It involves subtracting VAT charged on customer invoices from VAT reclaimable on business expenses, calculating the net VAT owed or refundable.

Our VAT filing services include:

  • Preparation and filing of VAT returns.
  • Ensuring timely and accurate submissions.
  • Compliance with all VAT regulations and requirements.
  • Optimization of your VAT returns for maximum financial efficiency.

Businesses registered under the FTA must file a VAT return, detailing sales and purchases made during the tax period. Input VAT refers to the amount paid to suppliers for purchases or expenses, while Output VAT is the amount collected on sales.

Eligible input VAT can be adjusted with the output VAT. After this adjustment, one of two situations may arise:

  1. VAT Payable: If input VAT is less than output VAT, the remaining balance is VAT payable to the FTA.
  2. VAT Refundable: If input VAT exceeds output VAT, the excess balance is VAT refundable.                                                       

Our VAT refund services are designed to help your business:

  • Identify VAT reclaim opportunities.
  • Calculate and file VAT refund claims accurately.
  • Optimize VAT refunds for your business’s financial benefit.


VAT Accounting encompasses both VAT and accounting services. Every VAT-registered business must uphold financial records and submit VAT returns according to their designated VAT period. Additionally, companies must maintain records and information as mandated by tax laws to facilitate timely and accurate VAT return filing. This practice ensures the availability of necessary documents and records for potential VAT audits by government agencies.

There are two categories of VAT deregistration services, which companies must select based on various reasons before applying for VAT deregistration:

  1. Mandatory VAT Deregistration:

A taxable person must apply for deregistration within 30 days if any of the following conditions are met:

  1. Ceasing economic activities entirely.
  2. Halting the provision of taxable supplies.
  3. No longer recognized as a legal entity (e.g., company closure


2.Voluntary VAT Deregistration:

A taxpayer has the option to apply for VAT deregistration if:

  • The value of their taxable sales in the previous 12 months falls between the voluntary threshold and mandatory threshold.
  • The value of their taxable sales in the upcoming 12 months (including the current month) falls between the voluntary threshold and mandatory threshold.

Facing VAT penalties can be a challenging experience for any business. Our VAT penalty resolution services are designed to help you navigate through penalty situations with ease:

  • Assessment of the reasons behind VAT penalties.
  • Development of a penalty resolution plan.
  • Liaison with tax authorities for penalty resolution.

With our guidance, you can address VAT penalties efficiently, minimize financial impact, and restore your business to full compliance.

Navigate UAE VAT with Square International: Your Trusted Partner

Navigating VAT and indirect taxes can be complex and impact your bottom line. At SIAA, we provide comprehensive Value Added Tax Services  and indirect taxation services throughout your business lifecycle, ensuring compliance with Federal Tax Authority (FTA) laws. Our experienced VAT consultants in dubai handle VAT invoice formatting, timely filings, and other operations to achieve your goals.

With a professional team of VAT experts, we offer authentic VAT services in UAE tailored to your business needs. We assess the impact of VAT and ensure smooth operations while minimizing compliance costs and cash flow implications. Our expertise extends to reviewing supply chains, updating IT systems, and enhancing governance frameworks for VAT compliance.

Why Choose Square International Auditing & Advisory for VAT Services?

VAT services can contribute to the growth of your business in the UAE by providing several key benefits:

1.Compliance: Ensure compliance with VAT laws and regulations, avoiding penalties and legal issues that can hinder business operations.

2. Efficiency: Streamline tax-related processes such as filing tax returns and managing input tax credits, freeing up time and resources to focus on core business activities.

3. Cost Savings: Identify opportunities to optimize VAT payments and recover input tax, potentially reducing overall tax liabilities and improving cash flow.

4. Risk Management: Conduct regular tax audits and maintain accurate

Don’t allow VAT compliance to become a burden on your business. Trust Square International Auditing & Advisory LLC to guide you through the complex world of VAT with confidence. From VAT registration to filing, refund claims, and penalty resolution, our team of VAT consultants in the UAE is dedicated to supporting your business at every turn. Contact us today to discover how our comprehensive VAT services can empower your business to excel in the VAT landscape.

Essentials of VAT Compliance for Businesses in the UAE

Understanding and adhering to VAT compliance is vital for businesses in the UAE. It's crucial for all sizes of businesses to comprehend and meet the necessary requirements to operate lawfully and efficiently.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) implemented a Value Added Tax (VAT) system on January 1, 2018. VAT is a consumption tax levied on the value added to goods and services at each stage of production or distribution. The standard VAT rate in the UAE was set at 5%.

Missing VAT registration and failing to file VAT returns in the UAE can lead to various legal and financial issues. Here are some common issues and consequences that can result from failing to meet VAT registration and filing requirements:

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