The Registration for Excise Tax in the UAE has started on 17th September 2017.
Excise tax is levied on specific goods referred to as “excise goods,” which are typically harmful to human health or the environment. Following definitions apply to determine whether a product is an excise good:

  • Carbonated drinks comprise any aerated beverage except for unflavoured aerated water. Carbonated drinks also include any concentrations, powder, gel, or extracts intended to be made into an aerated beverage.
  • Energy drinks comprise any beverages which are sold or marketed as an energy drink and containing stimulant components that provide physical and mental stimulation, which includes without limitation: caffeine, taurine, ginseng, guarana and any substance that has a similar or identical effect as the aforementioned substances. Also, any concentrations, powder, gel, or extracts intended to be made into an energy-boosting drink are considered to be energy drinks.
  • Tobacco and tobacco products comprise all items listed within Schedule 24 of the GCC Common Customs Tariff.

From 1 December 2019, excise tax also encompassed the following items:

  • electric smoking devices and tools
  • liquids used in smoking devices and tools
  • sweetened drinks.

Rate of excise tax

The rate of the excise tax is as follows:

  • 50% on any product with added sugar or other sweeteners.
  • 50% on carbonated drinks
  • 100% on electronic smoking devices
  • 100% on liquids used in smoking devices and tools
  • 100% on tobacco products
  • 100% on energy drinks

Businesses responsible for registration for excise tax

As per UAE Federal Decree Law No. 7 of 2017 on Excise Taxregistration for excise tax is mandatory for any business engaged in:

  • import of excise goods into the UAE
  • production of excise goods that are supplied for consumption in the UAE
  • the stocking of excise goods in the UAE in certain cases
  • warehouse keeper, who is mandated for overseeing an excise warehouse or designated zone.

FTA can conduct an audit of excisable corporates and impose penalties on those not complying with the law.

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