UAE Federal Tax Authority Calls Experts to Join Hands in Promoting Tax Culture

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Published February 12th, 2018 - 10:31 GMT
Khalid Al Bustani, General Manager, UAE Federal Tax Authority
Khalid Al Bustani, General Manager, UAE Federal Tax Authority

The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has called accounting firms, tax experts and legal consultants to take part in raising awareness among community members about tax practices in the UAE.

The Authority organised a regular monthly seminar in Dubai to underline “the role of accountants, lawyers and tax experts in the successful implementation of the tax system”. The event brought together 100 experts from various backgrounds covering accounting, law and tax, to thoroughly understand tax principles and explore solutions to overcome any problems that may arise.

The seminar is part of the comprehensive awareness plan organised by the Federal Tax Authority, which includes an integrated programme of workshops and seminars covering the principles of the UAE tax system and its executive mechanisms.

As part of its efforts to raise tax awareness among consumers and businesses in the UAE, the Authority issued many guides and e-learning modules on its website that explain  legislative and operational aspects of the tax system, including procedures for import declarations, registration permits for Excise Tax, VAT, tax groups, Excise Tax Refund; warehouse keepers, and designated zones.

FTA experts called on accounting firms, tax experts and legal consultants to benefit from the guides issued by the Authority by educating employees in these sectors, in order to raise awareness of the tax system and associated legislation and procedures in the UAE. This allows professionals to provide taxable persons with accurate and comprehensive information, and to play an active role in promoting a transparent tax culture among businesses, thereby ensuring the success of the tax implementation in the UAE.

Furthermore, the FTA experts explained the Authority’s approach for cooperating with its strategic partners in the public and private sectors to provide quality services and ensure the successful implementation of tax in the United Arab Emirates.

Background Information

Federal Tax Authority

By virtue of this Federal Law by Decree a public federal authority shall be established under the name of the Federal Tax Authority. The headquarters of the authority shall be located in the city of Abu Dhabi. The authority shall be in charge of managing and collecting federal taxes and related fines, distributing tax-generated revenues and applying the tax-related procedures in force in the UAE.

The authority shall be managed by a board of directors chaired by the Minister of Finance and a sufficient number of members to be appointed and remunerated by a Cabinet resolution, based on the chairman’s nomination. The authority shall have an independent annual budget that shall be deemed as public funds and exempted from all taxes and fees.

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