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United Arab Emirates Value Added Tax (VAT) FAQ

Important: Information on this page does not constitute tax, legal or other professional advice and must not be used as such. You should consult your professional advisers if you have any questions.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has rules in place requiring providers of remote services to calculate and collect United Arab Emirates VAT.

From 1 January 2018, unless a United Arab Emirates-resident seller has provided their VAT ID (Tax Identification Number – TIN), Amazon will collect and remit United Arab Emirates VAT at a standard rate of 5% on monthly subscription fees and other Selling on Amazon fees.

Sellers who are located in the United Arab Emirates and sell on Amazon websites, can provide Amazon with their United Arab Emirates VAT ID and will not be charged the 5% United Arab Emirates VAT on their Selling on Amazon fees.

Follow the steps below to provide Amazon with your United Arab Emirates VAT ID:

  1. Log in to Seller Central.
  2. Under Settings, choose Account Info.
  3. In the section Tax Information, select VAT information.
  4. In the section Tax Information, select VAT/GST Registration Numbers.
  5. Click on Add a VAT/GST registration number
  6. From the list of countries, select United Arab Emirates, enter your VAT ID in the field next to it and click on Add VAT number.
  7. Click Save.

FAQ

How does this apply to my selling account?

If you are a resident of the United Arab Emirates, Selling on Amazon Fees charged to your selling account will be subject to United Arab Emirates VAT unless you have provided Amazon with a valid VAT ID.

How do I obtain a United Arab Emirates VAT ID?

You may be able to register for a United Arab Emirates VAT ID online. For more information, see the Taxation in United Arab Emirates official website.

I am not a United Arab Emirates resident. Will the Selling on Amazon fees charged to my account be subject to UAE VAT?

If you are not a resident of the United Arab Emirates, Selling on Amazon fees charged through your selling account will not be subject to United Arab Emirates VAT. Consult your tax adviser to see if you have any VAT obligations in the United Arab Emirates.

How do I provide Amazon with my VAT ID?

You can follow the steps above to provide Amazon with your VAT ID.

How is the United Arab Emirates VAT charged?

If the seller has not provided a valid United Arab Emirates VAT ID to Amazon, Amazon will normally charge sellers a standard rate of 5% VAT on Selling on Amazon fees and monthly subscription fees.

Why is Amazon continuing to collect United Arab Emirates VAT when I have provided a valid United Arab Emirates VAT ID?

Amazon will not calculate or collect United Arab Emirates VAT if you have a valid United Arab Emirates VAT ID on file. Amazon calculates VAT on fees when an order has been placed and charges it to the Seller account when the order has been shipped. Therefore, United Arab Emirates VAT may have been collected on orders placed before the time that you provided your VAT ID.

I have updated my information to reflect my current address which is outside the United Arab Emirates. Why is Amazon continuing to collect United Arab Emirates VAT?

Amazon will not calculate or collect United Arab Emirates VAT on your selling account fees unless the information that you have provided at the time of the transaction indicates that you are a resident of the United Arab Emirates. Amazon calculates United Arab Emirates VAT on fees when an order has placed and collects it when an order has been shipped; there may have been existing pending orders before you updated your current address and payment information

Go to Seller Account Information and review each section to ensure that all of your information is complete and accurate. Note that there may be several addresses and payment methods associated with your selling account.

I am no longer a resident of the United Arab Emirates, and I have updated all of my information to reflect my current address. Can Amazon refund previously charged United Arab Emirates VAT to my selling account?

Amazon is required to charge and remit United Arab Emirates VAT based on the information in your selling account. At the time that the United Arab Emirates VAT was collected, Amazon had enough information to associate your account with United Arab Emirates. Amazon cannot refund United Arab Emirates VAT without a valid United Arab Emirates VAT ID.

How do I receive a refund for previously charged United Arab Emirates VAT on my selling account?

To request a refund, you will need to provide Amazon with your United Arab Emirates VAT ID on the Tax Registration Information page in Seller Central. Then you will need to contact Amazon Seller Support to request a refund of the United Arab Emirates VAT charged to your selling account.

United Arab Emirates VAT refund requests can take up to 90 days to process. You will receive an update from Amazon informing you of the estimated date when you can expect to receive a refund in your selling account, if your request was approved.

Will Amazon provide me with an invoice for any United Arab Emirates VAT collected on my monthly subscription fees and Selling on Amazon fees?

Amazon will not give an invoice to sellers who are charged United Arab Emirates VAT on their monthly subscription fees and Selling on Amazon fees. However, sellers who have provided their VAT ID will receive a monthly invoice. Your monthly invoice will be emailed to the primary email address mentioned in your selling account.

You can also view your monthly invoices by signing in to Seller Central > Reports > Tax Document Library> Seller Fee Invoices.

I have added my United Arab Emirates VAT ID to my seller account. Can Amazon send me updated invoices with my United Arab Emirates VAT ID?

Amazon cannot modify previous invoices to reflect changes made to your selling account. However, if you believe that you have been charged VAT in error, or as you have had a VAT ID, you may request a refund. Once you have provided your VAT ID to Amazon, you will receive monthly VAT invoices.

Can Amazon help me with my tax return?

While we are committed to helping sellers, we do not provide tax advisory or compliance services. Please contact a tax advisor if you have any questions about taxes or need assistance with your tax return. . We have created a list of third-party tax advisers solely as a resource for our sellers. .

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