UAE VAT - Connecting the Public Clarifications
Decode VAT Public Clarification, on Business-to-Business Supplied of Healthcare Services and linkage with Disbursement & Reimbursements.
A supply of healthcare services may only be zero- rated if the recipient of the supply is also the person who receives the treatment.
Most goods and services supplied in the UAE by a taxable person are subject to VAT at 5%.
In accordance with Article 41 of Cabinet Decision No. 52 of 2017 on the Executive Regulations of the Federal Decree-Law No 8 of 2017 on Value Added Tax (“Executive Regulations”), healthcare services may be zero-rated if certain conditions are met. For the purposes of the Article, “healthcare services” are defined as:
“any Service supplied that is generally accepted in the medical profession as being necessary for the treatment of the Recipient of the supply including preventive treatment.”
The above definition makes it clear that the recipient of the supply must also be the patient that receives the treatment. Where the patient and the recipient of the supply are not the same person, the services should therefore be subject to VAT at 5%.
A hospital is required to perform a specialised procedure for its patient. The hospital contracts with another hospital to perform the procedure.
1st Supply: The specialist hospital provides its specialist services to the hospital which is treating the patient. Since the recipient of this supply is not the patient, the services are not “healthcare services” and the supply cannot be zero-rated.
2nd Supply: The hospital which is treating the patient is providing zero-rated “healthcare services” to the patient.
Taking above clarification & below stated example,nowletsdo the interpretation of “Disbursements & Reimbursements” Public clarification and link the same:
A hospital ("Hospital A") is required to perform a specialised procedure ("Specialsied Hospital") for its "Patient". The "Hospital A" contacts with Specialised Hospital to perform the procedure, however to ensure that billing to the Patient is centralized (i.e. by "Hospital A") & does not create VAT element, hospital's used below process
i.e. billing by “Specialised Hospital” is created on "Patient" where “Hospital A” makes payment on behalf of Patient.
Above provided example attracts “disbursement” clause and VAT will not be applicable in complete transaction. Subject to below conditions are taken care:
Yes, this will help you to remove any VAT element from the transaction, however, are you ready to be transparent with your Patients (Social & Commercial Decision).
Disclaimer: Content posted is for informational & knowledge sharing purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice related to tax, finance or accounting. Each article/view/comment posted by third party readers/subscribers of our website on topics of tax and accounting is their personal opinion and due professional care should be taken by you before you act after reading the contents of that article/post. No warranty whatsoever is made that any of the articles are accurate. and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for tax or accounting advice.