Tax Consultants & Bookkeepers in the UAE

Expert VAT Opinions

Can a restaurant charge VAT after a two-for-one voucher has been used?

Article 40 of the VAT law and Article 28 of the Executive Regulations cover discounts and vouchers. It says in the case of a discount, the value of supply, which is the amount on which you pay VAT, may be reduced if the customer has benefited from the reduction in price and the supplier funded the discount. Read more...

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In the News

FTA announces VAT refund procedure for UAE nationals

The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has set three requirements and procedures for UAE nationals to refund Value Added Tax (VAT) incurred on new residences. Read more...



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Maintenance of Financial records under VAT

As per Decree-Law, all businesses in the UAE need to record their financial transactions and ensure that their financial records are accurate and up to date. The final responsibility and accountability to comply with VAT is on the business.

Accounting Records and Commercial Books

As per Executive Regulations of Federal Law No. (7) on Tax procedures, Accounting Records and Commercial Books shall include the following:

  • Accounting books in relation to that Business, which include records of payments and receipts, purchases and sales, revenues and expenditures, as required under any Tax Law or any other applicable law, including:
    • Balance sheet and profit and loss accounts.
    • Records of wages and salaries.
    • Records of fixed assets.
    • Inventory records and statements (including quantities and values) at the end of any relevant Tax Period and all records of stock-counts related to Inventory statements.

Businesses that do not think that they should be VAT registered should maintain their financial records in any event, in case the authorities need to establish whether they should be registered.

Contact Finance Works to maintain your books and records and implement financial systems that are VAT ready and compliant.


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