Pixel 3XL - MYUS shipping - Customs & VAT or just customs?

If I order a Pixel 3 XL from the US Play Store to my "myus address" and get it shipped to UAE, do I get charged a. 5% customs or b. 5% customs + 5% VAT on the phone's price? (The phone costs AED 3300 so its way above the AED 1000 threshold for customs).

Posted 24 November, 2018

When is a fee not a tax?

Currently living in a hotel until I decide what I want to do regarding accommodation. The fee's and taxes now are out of control to the point where the price can be 25-30% higher than what is advertised. An example today: VAT AED 351.45 Property service charge AED 639 Destination fee AED 15.00

Posted 18 April, 2018

Recommendation needed: PWC alternative for global tax strategy for UAE based startup?

Help! I have a LLE in Fujairah and started to have clients in Europe and the US. Now the whole withholding tax issue has become pretty complex pretty quick and am not sure whether is should set up in Delaware additionally to at least to some extend minimize the tax burden (paying on income rather th

Posted 18 April, 2018

Showerthought: They should tax investment properties that remain vacant with no tenants.

problems I've seen is people buying property off plan for too much money, then when the project is finished investors overprice the rent, even if it is over market value, and would prefer an empty property over lowering the price. I myself gave reasonable offers on property last January (2017) that

Posted 18 April, 2018

Interview Question - What do you know about VAT?

Hi guys, So I know from an academia point of view what value added tax is. How it is filed (every quarter or month), exemptions, rate, input vs output tax.. etc. With respect to Dubai, is there anything extra-special about VAT? From what I know, everything seems standard but if anyone here working

Posted 18 April, 2018

VAT on office rental

Hey guys, so I rented a office in DSO in November 2017 and paid the 6 months rent in advance.Now the landlord is asking me to pay the VAT starting from January. I just want to find out that am I suppose to pay the VAT even though I paid the rent in advance before January 2018? I tried to call the Ta

Posted 18 April, 2018

[Urgent] Transaction prior to VAT

We run a retail business, one of our customers placed an order somewhere in November 2017. We are delivering the product now, should we be charging VAT?

Posted 18 April, 2018

Custom Duty & VAT

Hi, my friend is sending a laptop from Canada via Xpresspost International post, its refurbished laptop. I want know how I will pay the custom or Xpresspost will pay on my behalf & I pay them while receiving it and the custom duty calculated on total amount including or only I have to pay for i

Posted 18 April, 2018

Emirates Post heads-up: Receiving a package now costs 10AED + VAT

So yesterday I went to the post office to collect 2 small packages from Aliexpress. Ended up paying 20+3 AED to receive them. When I asked, they informed me that all packages (even books!) are now charged 10AED + VAT each, apart from documents. I had to wait twice: first to claim the packages, secon

Posted 28 March, 2018

Ecommerce trade license and vat reg. necessary?

Hi, i have been planning of starting a small ecommerce website in uae, wondering if it is necessary to have a trade license and reg for vat? (especially when starting up and dont want to spend huge amounts on registration charges and all) i will be mainly operating it from outside the country and s

Posted 28 March, 2018