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Value Added Tax (VAT) – A tax on transaction; the concept is quite simple in theory, yet from a business perspective, the changes that the tax entails are often huge. It is a fact that the introduction of VAT system in the UAE will not just affect the end-consumers, but will have a deep impact on businesses as well. It won’t be too long to the introduction of VAT; as of Jan-2018, the UAE will introduce VAT to 5%. So in this context, let us help you get certain important concerns on VAT cleared.
VAT, in an ideal scenario, is a mechanism in which the subject supplying goods or services, can deduct the tax paid on purchases from the tax charged to buyers. Hence, the difference between the tax applied to sales and that paid on purchases will be paid to the Government. Even though this is the actual case, there may be a context wherein there is loss in the margin of business due to VAT, if sales and purchase processes are not designed with required controls. Besides, this will certainly increase the pricing of the products to the end-customer. So, the whole business model needs to be carefully reassessed.
The impact of VAT can be felt across several business functions. As most of us might think, VAT implementation is not just an accounting task, but also a business strategy implications for CEO’s as the outcomes will be across pricing, IT systems, supply chain, processes, policies and contracts, and even HR.
In order to implement VAT changes effectively across your organization, it is quite essential that you should understand the new legislation and obligations quite well, and should review the daily activities of the company without fail. Most companies will have to make few changes to their core operations, financial management, and, probably their human resources. Particularly, organizations should: