Submitting a VAT correction? This is a must read!

Considering submitting a correction to your previously submitted vat calculations?

If you become aware that a VAT Return that you have submitted previously contains errors that resulted in a calculation of payable tax being less than required by not more than AED 10,000, then you can correct this error in the current VAT Return in which you have discovered the error. Under the “VAT Amount” column, you should only declare the VAT amount of the correction.

If the error has resulted in a calculation of payable tax being less than required by more than AED 10,000, you should make a Voluntary Disclosure. We would urge you to review the FTA publication named Voluntary Disclosure – User Guide https://www.tax.gov.ae/pdf/Voluntary-Disclosure-user-guideEnglish.pdf

To avoid doing this incorrectly contact the experts: Profits Tax Consultants on [email protected]

Paying your VAT to the FTA by Profits Tax Consultants

That time of the year has arrived when many small businesses have submitted their VAT return and are now making VAT payment to the FTA.

Below are the options on how to make payment to the FTA (caution each one has a cost associated and you should check all options to find out which is the cheapest – we suggest the exchanges):

  1. Paying via e-Dirham or credit card through the FTA Portal.

Yes the most obvious is to log in and pay via e-dhirham or VISA and Mastercard. This option is simple, quick and for those last minute payments probably the best option. Although we have not tested the e-dhirham option the VISA and Mastercard do seem to be very expensive option.

  1. e-Debit payment option allows the Taxable Person to directly debit the amount to FTA’s bank account when making any due payments.

You can make a payment through e-debit and the fee for using eDebit is AED 10 which will be charged by e-Dirham. This option only works if you have a bank account with any of the following banks:

  • Citibank (Retail)
  • Commercial Bank of Dubai (Corporate and Retail)
  • Dubai Islamic Bank (Retail)
  • Emirates NBD (Corporate and Retail)
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank (Corporate and Retail)
  • Noor Bank (Retail)
  • Standard Chartered (Corporate and Retail)

Please note that this is an initial list of banks and the list may have changed and its ideal to check with your bank.

e-debit payment is made through the FTA portal by clicking ’Pay via Bank’.

  1. Paying via bank transfer (GIBAN). A GIBAN is a unique IBAN number that is given to every taxable person and should be displayed on your FTA Portal.

Once you get your GIBAN you can then proceed to make a normal local bank transfer via your bank and add the FTA as a beneficiary using the GIBAN number and FTA Details.

Please note this option can take up to 24hrs to appear in your account.

  1. Exchanges (UAE Exchange or Al-Ansari Exchange)

It is now possible to make a payment to the FTA through a number of the exchanges in Dubai. You will require the following information:

  • TRN No
  • GIBAN Number
  • Amount Payable
  • And take some ID (always handy)

REMEMBER: In case a payment is not received on time, a penalty of late payment will apply. In order for the payment to be credited to your account by the 28th you should make the payment before by the 25th of the month (at the latest). 

For help on submitting your VAT Return, Profits Tax Consultants offer a vat submission only package for AED 2000 per quarter. Visit our website on www.profitsplus.ae

This article was written by Ali Afzal, a tax consultant in Dubai and the Managing Director of Profits Tax Consultants.

It is possible that this information is out-of-date and you should confirm the facts by visiting the FTA Payment User Guide by clicking here.

What is a FAF File? [FTA Audit File] by Profits Tax Consultants

What is a FAF File? Also known as the FTA Audit File.

The FTA has produced a very concise document on the required functions of accounting software which are needed to produce the FTA Audit files (“FAF”) for VAT and Excise Tax.

Profits Tax Consultants are a specialist VAT and Accounting practice registered with the Dubai Economic Department under Trade License No.796316 and a Bronze Partner of Xero Cloud Accounting Software.

What is accounting software?

Accounting software should be a key part of any modern growing business whether a retail store or a service provide and it is not something reserved just for large corporations.

Furthermore, looking at the FTA document on Tax Accounting Software it is evident that all companies should implement a competent software that complies with the requirements of the FTA.

Any competent accounting software should be able to produce Sales Invoice, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and General Ledger but the FTA have very specific requirements.

FTA Audit File

Also known as a FAF is something that could be requested by the FTA whilst conducting a periodic audit to ensure that tax and returns have been prepared correctly. It is strongly recommended that business check with their software vendors to make sure they are able to produce FTA Audit Files (FAF) if required otherwise it would be a very costly exercise to do on-demand.

NOTE: It may be possible that your software is able to produce date in FAF but your accounting partner failed to implement and monitor the documenting of the transactions as per the FTA Requirements and you only realise when the FAF is requested at which point it could take weeks to rectify.

Key Elements to be present in FTA Audit File (FAF) are:

  • Company Information such as Company Name and TRN No.
  • Master Files
    • Supplier File
      • Name of Supplier
      • Location of Supplier by Emirates
      • TRN No. if applicable
    • Customer File
      • Name of Customer
      • Location of Customer
      • TRN No. if applicable
    • Source Documents
      • Purchase Invoices, Imports, Credit Notes (with all details)
      • Sales Invoices, Credit Noted Issued to Customers (with all details)
      • Payments
        • Transaction Date
        • Payment Date
      • General Ledger
      • Product File

In summary your accounting software must be able to produce all or any of the above if requested by the FTA during a periodic audit of your VAT Return.

This document is copyright by Profits Tax Consultants. Check out our accounting plans by visiting: https://profitsplus.ae/our-plans/

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