UAE VAT collection exceeds expectations

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In its first step to reduce dependency on oil revenues, UAE introduced the 5% Value Added Tax (VAT), implemented since the 1st of January 2018.

According to Moody’s report, UAE’s collection of tax has far exceeded original estimates.

As per government data, VAT collections totalled AED 27 billion ($7.4 billion) in 2018, compared to an anticipated AED 12 billion ($3.3 billion). This amount was also higher than the government’s projection of AED 20 billion ($5.5 billion) in 2019.

Of the total VAT collection, UAE’s federal government will retain 30 percent (AED 8.1 billion) while the remaining AED 18.9 billion will be divided amongst the country’s seven emirates.

According to the report, Dubai was the largest beneficiary of VAT, receiving approximately 60% share of the revenue attributed to the emirates and 42% of total revenue.