FTA launches ‘Raqeeb’, whistle-blower program for tax violations and evasion

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Dubai April 29, 2022:

The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) launched Raqeeb, a “whistle-blower program for tax violations and evasion that aims to raise the level of tax compliance in the UAE and reduce tax evasion cases.

Effective from April 15, 2022, the whistle-blower program allows the Authority to receive reports from individuals on tax evasion cases, tax-related fraud, and violations of tax legislation. It also allows the Authority to verify the reports and grant monetary rewards to informants when certain conditions are met.

The Authority emphasized the newly launched whistle-blower program aims to enhance transparency and competitiveness in the field of doing business, raise tax compliance rates, and boost tax awareness and society’s confidence in the tax system. The program also motivates individuals to carry out their social responsibilities and contribute to combating tax violations. Informants will be given monetary rewards if the report leads to a collection of tax amounts worth more than AED 50,000.

Reporting information can be done through the Authority’s website, which contains a comprehensive guide on the reporting mechanism, procedure for obtaining monetary rewards and other legal matters related to the program.