Which are the expenses from which input tax are not recoverable?

Which are the expense from which input tax are not recoverable?

Non-Recoverable Input Tax –  VAT incurred on any costs which are used for a genuine business purpose, or which are incidental to a business purpose e.g. food and drink provided during a business meeting, shall be recoverable (subject to normal VAT recovery rules).

The food and drinks will become entertainment in nature if the purpose of attending the event is for food and drinks and hence, input tax paid on such expenses cannot be recovered.

Input tax can be claimed on hospitality expenses only if it includes the basic amenities provided to the employees. If hospitality is given for the purpose of attending events or entertainment purpose for Customers, Shareholders, Potential Customers, Officials, etc., such costs will be considered to be entertainment in nature and the VAT incurred shall not be recoverable.



FTA has issued fines for business which have filed their first VAT return today after the FTA office timing. AED1,000 fine was issued to businesses which filed late return.

Inorder to avoid fines , make sure to adhere to the deadline issued by FTA.

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VAT for health, education sectors

The UAE Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has released on Tuesday a simplified explainer on the conditions under which the value-added tax (VAT) will be applicable to the health and education sectors.

It lists down items that have zero VAT, those that are VAT-exempt and those that are not.


FTA announces list of designated zones at UAE

The Federal Tax Authority on Wednesday posted an unofficial translation of Cabinet Decision No. (59) of 2017 on Designated Zones for the purposes of the Federal Decree-Law No. (8) of 2017 on Value Added Tax [VAT].


Provisional VAT number in lieu of VAT Certificate

Many businesses get Provisional VAT number

Business who are yet to receive VAT TRN Certificate are getting Provisional TRN numbers in lieu of VAT TRN Certificates. Many businesses who are registered before the cut of or completed he registration much early than the due have got their certificates.