COVID-19 response: UAE extends deadline for VAT filings to May 28

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Move in light of difficulties faced by businesses to file by earlier March 31 deadline

Dubai: In light the unprecedented precautionary measures undertaken by the UAE to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has issued an alternative deadline to file tax returns for VAT and pay taxes on May 28 for the tax period ended on March 31.

The current 24-hour restrictions on the movement of individuals and vehicles implemented in certain areas of the UAE coincided with deadlines for filing VAT returns, Thus the FTA issued a directive on an “exceptional basis” providing an alternative date of May 28 for submitting VAT returns and the payment of due tax for the tax period ended March 31, 2020.

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