UAE’s 2018 VAT collections greatly surpassed expectations

Inhabitants of the UAE paid Dh27 billion worth of value-added tax (VAT) the previous year, exceeding the govt.’s expectation of accumulatingDh12 billion. VAT collection underwent a raise in expectations by 125%. It even exceeded the 2019 goal of collecting Dh20 billion in VAT revenues.

The collective amount of the generated VAT revenue was also nearer to the United Arab Emirates’ nine-month of surplus, which was Dh28 billion in the January-September 2018 time span.

As firms go over their expenditures, profits, and ensure that the right about of VAT was paid, analysts predict that in 2019, VAT revenues will further rise. Consequently, this will allow the government to spend more on public welfare projects and on infrastructure.

The principle economist of the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Monica Malik, stated how they predict sturdier VAT revenue collection, in the initial year of execution, of about 1.6 to 1.8% of GDP.

1.7% of the United Arab Emirates’ 2018 nominal GDP was made up of the Dh27 billion VAT revenue generated. According to the IMF, this amount is expected to increase to Dh1,589 billion.

The CEO of MMJS Consulting, Surandar Jesrani, owed the sturdy revenues in the base year chiefly to labors of the Federal Tax Authority on stressing the significance of compliance.

Surandar Jesrani stated that numerous businesses based in the United Arab Emirates employ consultants from MMJS Consulting, this allows the consultation company to observe how business owners care about compliance with VAT. He also believes that VAT is in existence for all, once it exists in business, and one cannot turn a blind eye to its significance. Jesrani stressed that the VAT culture has established and is also in the process of developing even more.

Surandar Jesrani stated how the extra VAT revenue collected will be used in order to arrange for good-quality public facilities such as roads, schools, hospitals, parks, etc.