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2,000 companies starts operations at SPC Free Zone in 2021

Sharjah Publishing City Free Zone (SPC Free Zone) has announced that it witnessed an impressive growth in the number of new company registrations last year as major stakeholders in the education and publishing sectors have leveraged SPC Free Zone’s nurturing and supportive environment and advanced infrastructure to conduct business and expand operations in the region.

In a statement on Sunday, SPC Free Zone said 2,000 new companies from 106 countries, largely from the UK, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Lebanon have commenced operations in the free zone last year.

“In a testament to SPC Free Zone’s leading status as an ideal hub for publishing and knowledge industries, the number of newly registered publishing companies and allied businesses raised over the previous year. This reflects the emirate’s ongoing efforts to attract investments in diverse economic sectors, including creative industries through the free zone’s portfolio of advanced services and state-of-the-art facilities that cater to investors’ needs,” according to SPC Free Zone. Read more..

Expert VAT Opinions

A6) Should I bother registering my small business for VAT?

All companies with an annual turnover greater than Dh375,000 must mandatorily register and account for VAT, while businesses with an annual turnover of between Dh187,500 and Dh375,000 can voluntarily register.

One of the major downsides to registering is the cost of compliance. All companies, whether VAT registered or not, should already be keeping proper accounting records. If you choose to register for VAT, it’s likely you will need to employ specialist help to assist with your VAT set up and ongoing compliance. The VAT legislation is complex and penalties for getting it wrong are onerous. For small businesses the additional cost of compliance will eat into their profits. Read more...

FTA Press Releases

The FTA encourages registrants to take advantage of penalty redetermination

The Federal Tax Authority has called on tax registrants in the UAE to benefit from the penalty redetermination scheme introduced by Cabinet Decision No. 49 of 2021 on Amending Some Provisions of Cabinet Decision No. 40 of 2017 on the Administrative Penalties for Violation of Tax Laws in the UAE, which will be effective from 28th June 2021.

In a press release issued today, the Authority stressed the three conditions that must be met in order for tax registrants to benefit from the re-determination of unpaid administrative penalties imposed prior to 28 June 2021, to equal 30% of the total unpaid penalties.

The first condition is that the administrative penalty must have been imposed under Cabinet Decision No. 40 of 2017 before 28th June 2021, and some or all of it remains outstanding.

The second condition is that the tax registrant settles all payable tax by 31st December, 2021, so that there is no outstanding tax payable by the end of 2021. Finally, the third condition requires tax registrants to settle 30% of any administrative penalties payable and unsettled by 28th June, 2021, on or before 31st December 2021. Read more..

Federal Tax Authority holds 3 interactive sessions in Q1-21 as part of “Tax Clinic” initiative for SMEs

The Federal Tax Authority, FTA, has held three new interactive sessions via video conference, as part of the “Tax Clinic” initiative, a policy of direct and constant communication with business sectors which aims to promote tax awareness and avoid the most common errors that might occur while implementing tax procedures.

The FTA confirmed that the three awareness sessions held in the first quarter of 2021, Q1-21 focused on the small and medium enterprise, SME, sector. Teams of tax analysts and experts from the FTA’s Registration and Taxpayer Services Departments answered, via video conference, the inquiries of business representatives from across the emirates about registration and other tax obligations and raised awareness of how to submit returns and pay tax dues without errors. Read more..

Federal Tax Authority showcases 3 key initiatives during UAE Innovation Week

The Federal Tax Authority, FTA, is taking part in the UAE’s Innovation Week, which was launched last week, under the slogan ‘UAE Innovates 2021’, with the aim of enhancing and promoting an innovation culture and encouraging community participation in designing and developing future experiences and initiatives.

 His Excellency Khalid Al Bustani, Director-General of the FTA, said that the Authority’s participation in UAE Innovation Week is in line with its strategy to encourage innovation, development, and to contribute to the UAE’s efforts to strengthen the national strategy for innovation and digital transformation, in order to continuously develop and improve government services. His Excellency stressed that this contribution reflects the FTA’s understanding of customer needs and its efforts to meet their expectations and keep them happy. Read more..

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.