UAE Federal Tax Authority Issues VAT Guidelines on Insurance

The UAE’s Federal Tax Authority has published VAT guidelines on insurance to provide guidance on the VAT treatment of insurance transactions. Amongst other things, the guide clarifies the export of life insurance/life re-insurance services outside the implementing states is zero rated rather than exempt and accordingly the related input tax is recoverable in full. It adds insurance services in relation to real estate will not be treated as services related to real estate provided consideration for the insurance services is not included in the real estate service charges. In addition, the collection of a premium on behalf of the insurer or remittance of the premium to the insurer by a disclosed insurance broker is not subject to VAT. Employers will also not be able to recover VAT on the purchase of health insurance for employee family members unless there is a legal obligation or a contractual obligation and it is necessary to enable the employee to perform their employment duties.

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