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How to Get TRN Number in Dubai, UAE

There has been understandable confusion about implementing the value-added tax (VAT) system in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Admittedly, not everyone is aware of what the tax system implies and how it works because the country has not experienced this before. It is the first time in history that UAE applied the tax to goods and services.

One of the questions that are pressing people, probably until now, is how they will get a Tax Registration Number (TRN). This may be a question from the business community who are curious about what it is and how to obtain it, the UAE residents who wish to remain updated about happenings in the country, or those looking into registering as a taxpayer business.

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Simply, TRN comes with finishing your VAT registration in UAE. The FTA has opened its portals to registration since 2017, and those who failed to meet the deadline were allowed again to register. For those who have not tried registering do not know for sure where to get the TRN. It is provided when the registration process for VAT is completed.

How to Get a TRN Number in UAE?

Getting a Tax Registration Number (TRN) is as simple as logging in to the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) portal. The TRN number in UAE is a unique 15-digit number available to businesses only once they have undertaken VAT registration in UAE. To begin, 

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  • Now, create an account on the FTA Portal 
  • After creating the account and verifying the email address provided, log in with the details
  • After login, click on the “Register for VAT Option”. 
  • Now, fill in all the necessary details as per the 8 steps in the VAT Registration online form. 
  • Review your details and click submit for approval where it shall be sent for FTA approval. 
  • Finally, you will see the status of your VAT application and once approved will be able to view your TRN number

First Off, What is VAT in the UAE?

The Excise Tax was the first one in the tax system that was implemented in October 2017. The VAT was then introduced and applied throughout the whole country on the first day of January 2018.

It is expected that the rest of the countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are going to follow suit with the implementation of the VAT.

Get to Know the VAT

This is a consumption tax that is added at the purchase of a product at a certain VAT rate. In the case of the UAE, the government has opted to apply one of the lowest rates of the VAT which is only at 5%.

The consumers are the ones who bore this amount that will then be collected by the businesses and paid to the government. Some cases make it applicable for businesses to claim VAT refunds from the government.

Who are the Eligible Businesses to Register for VAT in UAE?

There are no changes to the original information that the government has laid down on the businesses in UAE. Those who offer taxable goods and services from AED 375,000 or higher as annual revenue need to register for VAT. Those with a minimum of AED 187,500 taxable goods and services or less than the threshold amount can volunteer to register for VAT.

What Documents Do You Need to Prepare for VAT Registration in UAE?

When you decide to register for VAT, you need to have several documents prepared and scanned. These will have to be uploaded on the portal of the FTA.

The generally required documents for the registration are the following and they might change or some might be added depending on the nature of a business, type of a business, and other factors.

It should also be noted that everything for VAT registration is done online and there is no need to physically appear at any government department.

Documents Required for VAT Registration in UAE

  1. Trade license copy of the business.
  2. The partners’ or business owners’ passport copies.
  3. The partners’ or the business owners’ Emirates ID copies.
  4. The company’s address (including P.O. box) and contact details.
  5. The company’s Memorandum of Association (MOA).
  6. The business owner’s contact details.
  7. The company’s bank details.
  8. The company’s income statement for the past year.
  9. The business experience.

Video Guide (How to Register and Get TRN Number in UAE)

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With the documents in your position, all you need to do is to create a new account, confirm through email, go to registration, and provide all the basic things that the registration form is asking, and once done, a TRN will then be automatically issued to you.

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It is not easy to deal with VAT and there is nothing wrong with asking for help to thrive. We can make it easier for you so that you can focus on generating more revenue for your company. Being a Tax Agent in UAE, we know exactly what you need and when you need it. If you feel that you need our service, contact us today for an assessment.

Ervee is a CPA with international experience in Tax and Accounting. He has over 12 years of experience in accounting and bookkeeping and over a year in VAT implementation, registration, and accounting in UAE. He regularly drives out inefficiencies in company operations and loves the challenge of helping clients find additional ways for an easier and improved compliance and verification of transactions.