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2022 UAE Business VAT Refund Scheme

Seize the Opportunity: Non-UAE Businesses Can Now Apply for VAT Refunds

From March 1, 2022, the door has swung wide open for eligible businesses outside the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to initiate their applications under the Business VAT Refunds scheme.

Understanding the Window Period

Commencing on March 1, 2022, and extending until August 31, 2022, this window presents a pivotal opportunity for qualifying companies to lodge their VAT refund requests with the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) for the fiscal year 2021.

Assessing Eligibility

Non-UAE resident businesses are urged to promptly evaluate whether they’ve incurred VAT expenses in the UAE and thereby qualify for a Business VAT refund. It’s imperative to note that the criteria for documentation and evidence required within the Business VAT refund application are rigorous. Thus, meticulous preparation and timely action are strongly advised.

Key Considerations for Businesses

1. Document Verification

Ensure all necessary documentation is meticulously compiled, including invoices, receipts, and other relevant records substantiating VAT payments made within the UAE.

2. Compliance with Regulations

Adhere closely to the guidelines outlined by the Federal Tax Authority to avoid any discrepancies or delays in the processing of your VAT refund application.

3. Strategic Planning

Plan and initiate the VAT refund application process early to streamline procedures and mitigate any potential complications that may arise.


The window of opportunity for non-UAE businesses to reclaim VAT expenditures is now open. By promptly assessing eligibility and adhering to stringent application requirements, businesses can seize this chance to recoup VAT expenses incurred within the UAE. Remember, preparation is key to ensuring a smooth and successful refund process.