Starting October 30, 2023, the UAE electronics sector shifted to the ‘Reverse Charge Mechanism‘ for VAT on B2B supplies of electronics and tech devices meant for resale or further manufacturing. The UAE has also issued specific criteria for classifying electronic device components, which are eligible for the Reverse Charge Mechanism.
The UAE electronics sector transitioned to the ‘Reverse Charge Mechanism’ for VAT on B2B deals involving devices intended for resale or further manufacture on October 30, 2023. A ministerial decision outlined the criteria for eligible electronic device parts, including those used for manufacturing, operation, or replacement. However, components that enhance device functionality but aren’t necessary for operation aren’t covered. SIM cards and similar items are also excluded.
The Reverse Charge Mechanism for B2B supplies is mandatory, and failing to declare intent of use may render input VAT non-recoverable. VAT-registered buyers aiming to resell/manufacture must ensure VAT isn’t charged on electronic device supplies. Proper classification is crucial, as misclassifying items can lead to VAT credit loss or penalties for suppliers.
Certain items like earphones, external storage devices, and protective covers enhance device enjoyment but won’t qualify as parts and pieces. Memory cards, monitors, and motherboards, necessary for device operation, likely will qualify. Other items require careful assessment.
All electronic device supplies after October 30, 2023, must adhere to VAT treatment and compliance requirements, including transitional provisions for advance payments and written declarations. Businesses must evaluate various tax aspects and ensure they ask the right questions regarding this change.
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