FTA has just published an important clarification on Time Frame for recovering Input Tax on Supplier / Vendor / Purchases / Expenses Invoices.
This is a significant clarification of ‘subsequent tax period’ which has led to numerous interpretations in last 30 months and may be some uncalled-for Voluntary Disclosures by companies.
Summary and Key Highlights:
a. Tax Invoice is received and
b. intention to make the payment of consideration is formed
These two conditions to be met cumulatively
For instance, a taxable person may receive a Tax Invoice in one tax period but may not have an intention to make the payment until the internal approval process for the invoice is completed. So, taxable person may recover the input VAT in the later tax period in which the internal approval process is completed. This ‘intention’ needs to be substantiated
2. If the input tax is not recovered in the tax period in which both these conditions are satisfied, the taxable person can recover the input tax in the immediate next tax period.
3. If input tax is not recovered in the first two tax periods (read, 1st tax period when both the conditions have been satisfied for the first time and tax period following that), a taxable person is required to submit a voluntary disclosure (subject of course to the existing Tax Procedure Rule of ‘Payable tax’ being less than AED 10,000 or more, each tax period).
4. If the payment towards the invoice is not made to the vendor/supplier within six months after the agreed date of payment, the taxable person needs to reduce the input tax in the VAT Return of the tax period following the expiry of the six-month period. However, once the payment is made, the taxable person is entitled to recover the input tax in the tax period in which such payment is made.
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