All business entities licensed by the various economic agencies such as the Department of Economic Development (DED), the Free Zone Authorities will be required to register and obtain a VAT Registration Number.

Existing Companies Sum of Turnover in last 11 months and current month
Compulsory AED 375,000 and above
Voluntary Between AED 375,000 and AED 187,500
Not Required Less than AED 187,500

Excludes the value of Exempt invoices.

New Companies VAT purchase till date in last 11 months and current month
Compulsory AED 375,000 and above

VAT Groups

A group of companies may register under a single VAT registration entity if they meet the eligibility requirements. Such a group is considered as a single taxable entity and allowed to balance the tax credit of member companies. Trade within group companies also does not attract tax.

Download the UAE Government’s official guide for VAT Group Registrations here.

As the date for the registration of VAT gets closer, here are a few things to keep in mind when you are registering for VAT:


  • Read the FTA guides on registration, you can find them here 
  • Pls collect all the documents required as per the guide before registering
  • Check all individual attachments to be loaded are lesser than 2mb
  • While creating account with FTA, care should be taken that the responsible person contact details are given, as all official communication with FTA will be sent to the contact details
  • While entering details, due care should be taken to enter the correct details. In case some corrections have to be made on previous tabs, the data will have to be re-entered from that point onwards
  • While registering, pls save your work on each tab
  • Please enter accurate details, in case not sure seek professional help. Incorrect details/declarations might expose you to penalties
  • Don’t assume the requirements, seek professional help wherever required
  • Register for Tax Groups without performing a proper review of legal structure, intercompany transactions, and system compatibility

Click here to view the E-learning module on VAT Registration