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FTA Inspections in UAE: to enhance Excise Tax compliance and reduce violations
Dubai- February 15, 2021:
The number of inspection campaigns organized by the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) witnessed notable growth during 2020 across UAE markets. Some were conducted in collaboration with Departments of Economic Development and other relevant entities to protect consumer rights and increase the level of tax compliance.
The Authority said that these campaigns were carried out as part of their extensive efforts to contribute towards strengthening market performance, protect legitimate trade and prevent the sale of contraband within the UAE and tax evasion.
The application of Excise Tax laws achieved remarkable success since their implementation, reflecting positive results primarily in building a safe and healthy society by reducing the consumption of harmful goods.
The FTA noted that the total value of the liabilities caught during the inspection visits amounted to AED 191,830,000 in the category of goods subject to Excise Tax, 9.4 million units of cigarette packs and 14,000 kilograms of shisha tobacco products were uncovered as goods not bearing digital tax stamps and no tax has been declared or paid on them. Other goods caught in violation of Excise Tax laws included a total of more than 803,000 items ranging from carbonated beverages, energy drinks, sweetened drinks and electronic smoking devices.
FTA Director-General, Khalid Ali Al Bustani, confirmed that the Authority prioritizes consumers’ protection from harmful products that do not meet the UAE’s regulations and standards while actively combating tax evasion.
The Authority will continue to conduct its inspection campaigns to enhance tax compliance and reduce transactions that violate legislation and tax procedures.