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The VAT and Free Zone conundrum

How does VAT work in Free Zones in the UAE?

Although the Free Zones are intended to simplify business in the UAE, the introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) has seen an increased complexity in commercial transactions with these Free Zones. The UAE VAT Law does not specifically discuss Free Zones, instead, it introduces the concept of Designated Zones. All Designated Zones are Free Zones but not all Free Zones are Designated Zones.

Filing VAT returns is a real-life test to see how well prepared these companies are. If the transaction mapping was overlooked, it is obvious how quick one could make mistakes in their tax treatment of certain transactions.

Aurifer and Thomson Reuters have partnered on this whitepaper to discuss about Free Zones in the UAE, the impact of VAT on companies working within these zones, and how you should better navigate these complexities and challenges. 

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