VAT Registration in UAE.

In the UAE, businesses need to go through several steps for VAT registration with the regulations set by the Federal Tax Authority.

Determine the Obligation to Register
  • Mandatory Registration: Businesses with an annual turnover exceeding AED 375,000 are required to register for VAT.

  • Voluntary Registration: Businesses with an annual turnover exceeding AED 187,500 but below the mandatory registration threshold have the option to voluntarily register for VAT.

Gather Required Documentation

Obtain the necessary documents for VAT registration, including:

  • Trade License: Valid copy of the trade license issued by the relevant authorities.

  • Commercial Registration Certificate: Copy of the commercial registration certificate reflecting the business activities.

  • Emirates ID and Passport Copies: Copies of the Emirates ID and passport of the authorized signatory.

  • Memorandum of Association or Partnership Agreement: Relevant legal documents outlining the ownership and management structure of the business.

  • Proof of Business Address: Documents confirming the physical address of the business, such as tenancy contracts or utility bills.

  • Bank Account Details: Information related to the business bank account, including the account number and IBAN.

Create an e-Services Account
  • Visit the FTA e-Services portal ( and create an account.

  • Provide accurate details regarding the business, including contact information and business activities.

Complete the VAT Registration Application
  • Log in to the e-Services account and access the VAT registration application form.

  • Fill in the required information, such as business details, turnover, and tax period.

  • Attach the necessary documents in the specified format as per FTA guidelines.

  • Review the application form to ensure accuracy before submission.

Submission and Application Review
  • Submit the VAT registration application through the e-Services portal.

  • The FTA will review the application and may request additional information or clarification if necessary.

  • The FTA aims to complete the review within a specified timeframe.

VAT Registration Certificate and Tax Registration Number (TRN)
  • Upon successful review, the FTA will issue a VAT Registration Certificate and allocate a Tax Registration Number (TRN) to the registered business.

  • The VAT Registration Certificate and TRN are essential for VAT compliance and communication with the FTA.

Maintain VAT Compliance

Once registered, businesses must comply with VAT regulations, including:

  • Charging the appropriate VAT rate on taxable supplies.

  • Issuing tax invoices as per FTA guidelines.

  • Keeping accurate records of business transactions, invoices, and VAT-related documents.

  • Submitting regular VAT returns and paying the VAT liability on time.

It is important to stay updated with any changes or updates to the VAT registration process, as the FTA may introduce new requirements or procedures.

We Al-Wahat Accounts and Internal Audit Services, we're here to help you with VAT registration easily. We help you to make sure your documents are properly organized & ensure a seamless registration process. Our goal is to support you in becoming fully VAT compliant.

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