The UAE's Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has announced a new Tax Clinic campaign in the Northern Emirates as part of its efforts to communicate directly with businesses.
The Tax Clinic seeks to increase the number of registered taxable businesses and promote compliance with the timely submission of tax returns and payment of due taxes, state news agency WAM reported.
The campaign kicks off on August 12 in Ras Al Khaimah, before moving on to Fujairah and then the rest of the Northern Emirates over a duration of three months, where FTA representatives will be present to answer taxpayer queries.
They will encourage those who are yet to register for VAT to promptly do so in order to avoid administrative penalties while experts will also introduce attendees to the procedures required for submitting accurate tax returns and settling due taxes, WAM added.
A press statement issued on Wednesday explained that the "Tax Clinic" campaign will be organised as a collaboration between the FTA and the departments of economic development and municipalities across all the emirates.
The first stage will take place from August 12-14 in Ras Al-Khaimah, moving on to Fujairah from August 26-28, then Umm Al Qaiwain from September 2-4, and Ajman from September 9-11.
The campaign will return to Ras Al Khaimah from September 16-18, moving on to Sharjah from September 23-25, then Fujairah again from September 30 to October 2, Umm Al Quwain from October 7-9, Ajman from October 14-16, back to Fujairah from October 21-23, before concluding with a third and final stop in Ras Al Khaimah from October 28-30.
Khalid Ali Al Bustani, director-general of FTA, said: "The FTA has always been adamant to reach out to businesses subject to the UAE tax system in any way possible. To that end, we launched the Tax Clinic as a new and innovative campaign to spread tax awareness among all business sectors, particularly, small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
"It allows us to be closer to them, to answer their questions, address their concerns, and provide them with all the tax-related information they need without having to visit the authority’s headquarters."For all the latest banking and finance news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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