The UAE Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has published guides on the VAT registration process for individual businesses and tax groups.
These guides can be downloaded here from the FTA website. Some of the highlights are outlined below:
Branches are not legally distinct from the wider entity to which they belong. Therefore, registration will not be made in the name of a branch but in the name of the parent.
Trade license: The applicant must ensure to include all trade licenses registered under the legal name of the entity.
Owner details: The applicant must ensure that the information about each and every owner is included.
Expected expenses: The applicant should only include those expenses that are subject to UAE VAT (either at 5% or 0%).
Government bodies: All Designated Government Bodies must register for VAT purposes. A Designated Government Body is a government entity that has been so designated by a decision of the Cabinet and is required to register for VAT purposes (irrespective of the registration threshold).
Tax groups: Certain eligibility criteria must be fulfilled by each member of the Tax group:
Should you require any assistance in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact your local tax team.
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