To combat tax evasion and trade in inferior products & counterfeit goods, UAE's Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has launched a smart application called FTA DTA, that can be applied to check on the legality of trademarked tobacco products. The application is designed to help consumers detect uncertified tobacco products by scanning the digital tax stamps placed on cigarette packages and tobacco products included in the ‘Marking Tobacco and Tobacco Products Scheme’, which went into effect at the beginning of 2019, to verify and ensure that it is an Authority accredited digital tax stamp. Should the consumer discover that the stamps are not accredited, they can file a report to the FTA directly from the smart application. The Authority will then cooperate with the relevant authorities to take legal actions against violators.
The application also aims to ensure that these products meet the standard specifications, are not smuggled, and have been subjected to tax. The app known as ‘FTA DTS’ can be installed on smart phones via the Apple Store and Google Play.
Source - FTA's Press Release
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