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The Essential Requirements for VAT Invoicing

Understanding the Essential Requirements for VAT Invoicing

The process of issuing invoices can vary based on the specific operations and customers involved. However, in accordance with the VAT law, there are certain requirements that registrants must adhere to. These requirements include:

  • Providing an original tax invoice to the recipient in the case of a taxable supply of goods or services.
  • Providing an original tax invoice to the recipient in the case of a deemed supply, if available, or keeping it in their records if there is no recipient of goods or services.
  • Issuing the tax invoice within 14 days from the date of supply.

While a taxable person is permitted to issue an electronic tax invoice, it is crucial to ensure that a secure copy of the invoice is stored in compliance with the record-keeping requirements. Maintaining the authenticity of origin and content integrity of the electronic tax invoice is of utmost importance. By following these guidelines, businesses can ensure compliance with VAT regulations while maintaining accurate and secure records of their transactions.

Tax Invoice Requirements:

When issuing a tax invoice for a taxable supply, the following details must be included:

  • The word “Tax Invoice” clearly displayed on the document
  • The supplier’s name, address, and Tax Registration Number (TRN)
  • The recipient’s name, address, and TRN (if registered for VAT)
  • A unique invoice number and date of issue
  • Description and quantity of goods or services supplied
  • The unit price, total price, and applicable VAT rate for each item
  • The total amount payable, including the VAT amount


Electronic Tax Invoice:
Businesses can issue electronic tax invoices, provided they meet specific requirements, such as ensuring the authenticity of origin and content integrity. The FTA guidelines must be followed for the storage and retrieval of electronic invoices.

It’s important for businesses to familiarize themselves with the complete VAT legislation and guidelines issued by the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) to ensure compliance with VAT invoicing requirements in the UAE.

VAT invoicing plays a crucial role in ensuring compliance and maintaining financial integrity. Understanding the essential requirements is key to streamlining operations and avoiding potential pitfalls. From accurate documentation to timely issuance, every aspect matters.

Delve into the intricacies of VAT invoicing, uncovering the key requirements that businesses need to navigate. Gain insights, stay informed, and achieve seamless compliance in the ever-evolving landscape of VAT regulations.

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This article was published on  5 July 2023

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