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Federal Tax Authority urges consumers to ask for VAT invoices

Taxable businesses will be subject to an administrative penalty of AED 5,000 for each tax invoice or alternative document they failed to issue.

Federal Tax Authority urges consumers to ask for VAT invoices

The UAE’s Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has urged local consumers to request tax invoices from retailers when purchasing goods or services subject to value-added tax to prevent attempts to manipulate the tax.

In an awareness message sent on Sunday, the FTA urged taxable businesses to issue tax invoices when providing any supply, to avoid administrative penalties.

As part of its “Be Aware of Your Rights” campaign, the FTA noted that taxable businesses will be subject to an administrative penalty of AED 5,000 for each tax invoice or alternative document they failed to issue.

Similarly, failure to issue a tax credit note or alternative will incur a AED 5,000 penalty per document.

Additionally, the FTA urged consumers to verify the VAT amount on prices displayed on invoices. To verify the value of the tax, the FTA in January launched a VAT calculator online, as well as a TRN verification service through which consumers can verify that invoice issuers are registered with the FTA.

The services can be accessed through the FTA’s website.

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