UAE - VAT Refund for Tourists

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Following on from a previous bulletin, further details have been released by the UAE’s Federal Tax Authority (FTA) regarding the VAT refund scheme for tourists. The FTA has confirmed the scheme will be implemented in November 2018.

Eligible retailers will be able to register for the Tax Refund Scheme from 10 September while the first briefing for retailers will be held in Abu Dhabi on 11 September and the following day in Dubai. The FTA has said that outlets and points of sales across the country will be connected for the tourist refund scheme and that tourists need to have purchased goods from retailers registered in the system.

Designated spaces will be provided where tourists can reclaim taxes through an electronic system, without any human involvement. The digital system will determine the taxes that are eligible for a refund and then reimburse tourists.

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