Value Added Tax (VAT)

What is Tax?

Tax is the means by which governments raise revenue to pay for public services. Government revenues from taxation are generally used to pay for things such public hospitals, schools and universities, defence and other important aspects of daily life. There are two types of taxes:

  • A direct tax is collected by government from the person on whom it is imposed (e.g., income tax, corporate tax).
  • An indirect tax is collected for government by an intermediary (e.g. a retail store) from the person that ultimately pays the tax (e.g., VAT, Sales Tax).
When will VAT go into effect?

VAT will be implemented in the UAE and KSA, effective 1 January 2018 at the standard rate of 5%.

Who can or will be able to register for VAT?

A business must register for VAT if their taxable supplies and imports exceed the mandatory registration threshold of AED 375,000. Furthermore, a business may choose to register for VAT voluntarily if their supplies and imports are less than the mandatory registration threshold, but exceed the voluntary registration threshold of AED 187,500. Similarly, a business may register voluntarily if their expenses exceed the voluntary registration threshold. This latter opportunity to register voluntarily is designed to enable start-up businesses with no turnover to register for VAT.

Every business once registered are obliged to issue Tax Invoice for every supplies of goods and services .

How will this affect me? Especially when I'm shopping at Switch

VAT will apply to applicable products and services at a rate of 5%. All prices shown on our website and app are inclusive of VAT.