UAE's Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has decided to postpone the implementation of the ban on supplying, transferring, storing, and possession of water pipe tobacco and electrically heated cigarettes that do not carry digital tax stamps until January 1, 2021. The ban had previously been scheduled to come into effect on June 1, 2020, as part of phase two of the 'Marking Tobacco and Tobacco Products Scheme'.
This delay to 2021 aims to give producers, suppliers, and distributors of water pipe tobacco and electrically time to prepare for the mandatory implementation of the scheme. Further the decision provides them enough time to sell off any remaining tobacco products that do not carry the digital tax stamps.
Read the press release by FTA here : https://www.tax.gov.ae/en/press-releases/Ban-on-Trading-Unmarked-Waterpipe-Tobacco-Postponed-to-Jan-1-2021
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