Guideline on Creating VAT Invoices in UAE 

Every VAT-registered business in UA must produce correct VAT invoices for all taxable sales. Take note: the VAT invoices must contain correct and complete information related to the revenue and tax collected.

As per the Valued Added Tax (VAT) Law of the UAE Article 67, a taxable person or VAT-registered business has to issue tax invoices fourteen days from the supply date. There are taxable persons that believe they can make tax invoices after fourteen days from the supply date or delivery of goods. This is incorrect. Invoices for VAT in the UAE should only be issued fourteen days or less from providing a supply.

Information Required on VAT Invoices in UAE

There are two different kinds of VAT invoices in the UAE; simplified and detailed.

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For detailed tax invoices 

Under UAE VAT legislation, detailed tax invoices are to be issued by VAT-registrants for assessable goods or services supplied to other VAT-registered businesses. This is provided that the provisions surpass Dhs10,000. A detailed VAT invoice is often for merchants and wholesalers managing higher amounts of taxable supplies.

A VAT invoice in the UAE must contain this information in English/Arabic:

  • A unique invoice number (sequential, for identification purposes)
  • The date on which a tax invoice was issued, plus the date of supply (if they’re different)
  • Legal name, tax registration number, and address of the taxable person
  • Legal name, tax identification number, and address of the customer
  • Description, quantity, and type of sold goods or description of provided services
  • To unite price for goods/services goods, excluding the VAT charge
  • Rebates or discounts provided (not added in good/service’s unit price)
  • Total VAT amount payable (must be in AED)
  • Method for calculating the profit margin
  • Method for calculating VAT (standard, exemption, or zero rates)
  • The label “Tax Invoice” presented visibly on the tax document

For simplified tax invoices 

Simplified tax invoices are for supplies that are less than the Federal Tax Authority’s predetermined amount of AED 10,000. They are issued when clients or customers are retail buyers without any Tax Registration Number (TRN). A simplified VAT invoice in the UAE is for the retail industry, including supermarkets.

Simplified VAT invoices have to contain the following information:

  • The label “Tax Invoice” presented visibly on the tax document
  • The tax registration number, name, and address of the tax-registered business supplying goods/services
  • The date wherein goods/services are supplied by the taxable person as per VAT Regulations Article 25
  • Description of products/services supplied as per UAE VAT Law Article 27
  • Total VAT amount charged

VAT Regulations Article 59 provides a guide on the complete format for UAE VAT invoices. A supplier can plan the tax invoice, as well as organize it in accordance with the prerequisite. However, there have to be systems in place that can guarantee tax invoices contain all the information listed above.FTA Public Clarification (VATP006) Re: VAT Invoices 

The Federal Tax Authority of the UAE issued Public Clarification VAT P006. It addresses the requirements for the issuance of tax invoices. This includes the following points:

  • It’s not acceptable for taxable persons to offer only the option of giving an invoice. A tax invoice has to be given in any circumstance wherein a supply is made.
  • Simplified tax invoices don’t need to show net value or value before tax for every line item.
  • Rounding on VAT invoices should be in the nearest Files (for line-item basis).
  • When tax invoices are issued in foreign currencies, they must show tax amounts in AED.
  • Full or detailed tax invoices have to show tax value, including net value, for every line item.

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What should be the currency used in tax invoices in the UAE?

The base currency for all invoices needs to be in AED or UAE Dirhams. If a transaction took place in another currency, a VAT-registered business has to convert the amount in UAE Dirhams using the conversion date of the day provided by the local tax authorities.

Should VAT invoices be issued for goods/services supplied to an unregistered person?

Yes, detailed VAT invoices are to be issued to unregistered persons for supplies where the supply value exceeds AED 10,000. For supplies under AED 10,000 purchased by an unregistered person, a simplified VAT invoice has to be given up to fourteen days from the date and time of supply. For instance, if a supply took place on the 30th of April 2021, a VAT invoice for this particular supply has to be issued before the 14th of May 2021.

Can unregister businesses issue VAT invoices?

Non-registered businesses or persons for the purpose of VAT in the UAE are not allowed to create and issue VAT invoices. Unregistered persons are liable to pay a fine for issuing tax invoices.

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