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How to pay VAT returns?

You can pay your VAT returns via a bank transfer, an exchange house transfer, a credit card, or E-dirham.


Paying FAT dues using the GIBAN


GIBAN is a special international bank account number (IBAN) that is issued by the federal tax authority (FTA) for each tax registrant. Your GIBAN is unique and it contains your Tax Registration Number (TRN).


Domestic transfers within the UAE

(Transaction processed in 24 hours)


1- Direct payment through your bank or an exchange company:

  • Provide the relevant employee with the GIBAN number and the amount due to the FTA.


2- Electronic transfer from your bank account

  • Note your GIBAN from your account with FTA (e-services portal). The GIBAN will be in on the dashboard beneath company’s name.

  • Do a typical online bank transfer adding the FTA as a beneficiary and the GIBAN as the beneficiary’s account number.


Paying VAT dues using credit cards and E-dirham


Go to “My payments” on the top menu, then scroll down to “VAT & Penalty Payment”. The outstanding liability will show here, you can enter the whole or partial amount you want to pay then click “Make Payment”. In the next screen click “Pay Now”, then choose the type of card, and continue the normal card payment procedures.

If a payment error occurs, repeat the process after 30 minutes.


How to verify your tax payment to the FTA?


  • Normally, FTA will send a notification to the registered email, make sure to check this email frequently for the payment acknowledgment and other important notification.

  • Check your outstanding liability: go to “My payments” on the top menu, scroll down to “VAT & Penalty Payment”, check the total outstanding liability.

  • Generate a receipt by login to your FTA portal, go to “My payments” on the top menu, scroll down to “Payment History”, click “Generate Receipt” net to the relevant payment.

Tips to avoid VAT payment penalties


1- Avoid paying to the wrong GIBAN. This actually happens!


This could happen if one person pays for many organizations for any reasons, like a PRO, maybe. But I have seen two cases so far. The FTA clearly stated that it is not responsible to reverse the payment you are required to contact your bank to fix the matter.


2- Select the suitable payment allocation


In your FTA portal, “My payments” select “tax liability cleared first” and click “Update”. This will enable your tax to be deducted first, before the penalties. Because late payment penalties will accrue on tax return liabilities.


3- Pay via GIBAN instead of credit cards


Credit cards payment are subject to almost 2.15% fees. It’s quite a high cost compared to a domestic online bank transfer (AED 10 in my case), or an exchange transfer (AED 20 per transaction).


4- Pay before the due date at least 48 hours


Normally local bank transfers take 24 hours to realize, however, it is better to count for any system errors or downtime. I’ve noticed couple of times that the FTA website is heavy at the final 2 days of the return filing due date.


If you delay your tax return because you need to update your accounts and you think it will take you until the deadline, you can approximate the tax payable and make an advance payment, and then you can file the tax return a day before the deadline. Any excess payment will be credited to your account and will be offset against future tax returns.

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