VAT Rates for Different Industries in the UAE as per Auditors in UAE
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Aug 2020

On 1st Jan 2018, the government of UAE has taken a step forward to increase the revenue sources in the nation by implementing the VAT system at a rate of 5 per cent on the taxable supply of goods and services at every point in the supply chain. Any business entity who holds taxable supplies and imports of AED 375,000 must proceed ahead with the VAT registration process. On the other hand, business entities holding a value of AED 187,500 has got an option to register.

The implementation of VAT scenario had an impact on different industries, and this article contains the VAT rates applicable to each sector. If you are a business owner or an entrepreneur who has got a business in UAE or is planning to start one, then you should be aware of the charges.

Education

     Description

VAT Rate

  Private and public school education (excluding higher education) and related goods and services provided by educational institution

0%

  Higher education provided by institution owned by the government or 50% funded by the government, and related goods and services  

0%

  Education provided by higher educational institutions, and related goods and services

5%

  Nursery education and pre-school education

0%

  School uniforms

5%

  Electronic equipment (tablets, laptops etc.)

5%

  Renting of school grounds for events

5%

  After school activities for an extra fee

5%

  School trips where the purpose is education and within the curriculum

0%

  School trips for recreation or not within the curriculum

5%

 

Healthcare

     Description

VAT Rate

  Preventive healthcare services including vaccinations

0%

  Healthcare services aimed at treatment of humans including medical services and dental services

0%

  Other healthcare services that are not for treatment and not for preventive (e.g. elective, cosmetic, etc.)  

5%

  Medicines and medical equipment as listed in Cabinet Decision

0%

  Medicines and medical equipment not listed in Cabinet Decision

5%

  Other medical supplies

5%

Oil and Gas

     Description

VAT Rate

  Crude oil and natural gas

0%

  Other oil and gas products including petrol at the pump  

5%

Transportation

     Description

VAT Rate

  Domestic passenger transportation (including flights within UAE)

Exempt

  International transportation of passengers and goods (including intra-GCC)

0%

  Supply of a means of transport (air, sea and land) for the commercial transportation of goods and passengers (over ten people)  

0%

  Supply of goods and services relating to these means of transport and the transportation of goods and passengers

0%

Real Estate

     Description

     VAT Rate

  Sale and rent of commercial buildings (not residential buildings)

5%

  First sale/rent of residential building after completion of construction or conversion  

0%

  The first sale of a charitable building

0%

  Sale/ rent of residential buildings after the first supply

Exempt

  Hotels, motels and serviced accommodation

5%

  Bare land

Exempt

  Land (not bare land)

5%

  UAE citizen building own home

5% (recoverable)

Financial Services

     Description

VAT Rate

  Margin based products (products not having an explicit fee, commission, rebate, discount or similar)  

Exempt

  Products with an explicit fee, commission, rebate, discount or similar

5%

  Interest on forms of lending (including loans, credit cards, finance leasing)

Exempt

  Issue, allotment or transfer of equity or debt security

Exempt

Investments in Gold, Silver, Platinum, Jewellery

     Description

VAT Rate

  >= 99% pure and tradable in global markets  

0%

  < 99% pure

5%

  Jewellery

5%

Insurance and Reinsurance

     Description

VAT Rate

  Insurance and reinsurance (including health, motor, property, etc.)  

5%

  Life insurance and life reinsurance

Exempt

Food and Beverage

    Description

VAT Rate

  Food and Beverage  

5%

Telecommunications and Electronic Services

     Description

VAT Rate

  Wired and wireless telecommunications and electronic services  

5%

Other

     Description

                     VAT Rate

  Export of goods and services to outside the GCC implementing states

0%

  Activities are undertaken by employees in the course of their employment, including salaries

Considered outside the VAT Purview

  Supplies between members of a single tax group

Considered outside the VAT Purview

  Any supplies of services or goods not mentioned above (includes any items sold in the UAE or service      provided)

5%

  Second-hand goods like used cars sold by retailers, antiques etc.

5% (profit margin scheme may apply)

 

VAT Return Filing is an important task that needs to be completed every financial year to get an accurate amount of how much VAT is to be paid or reimbursed by the Tax Authorities. The tax calculation needs to be accurate, and any error in the process might delay the reimbursement process. Business owners and investors prefer to outsource the VAT proceedings as it eases the process. Are you wondering how they can help you? Your answer is right below.

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