VAT Updates on Higher Education Sector: Basic Tax Information Bulletin Higher Education Sector
Higher educational institutions can claim VAT refund. These institutions can recover input taxes if they are not in the blocked category. The Federal Tax Authority (FTA), has confirmed that higher educational institutions making only zero-rated and/or standard-rated supplies may recover input tax in full, except where recovery is specifically blocked. Blocked input tax includes value-added tax (VAT) incurred on certain entertainment services, and motor vehicles that have been purchased, leased, or rented and made available for personal use.
The Authority noted that higher education institutions providing exempt supplies are eligible to recover only a portion of the input tax incurred.
The FTA’s Basic Tax Information Bulletin focuses on the tax treatment for the higher education sector in respect of universities and higher education institutions recognized by the competent federal or local government entity regulating the higher education sector where the course is delivered.
Moreover, these higher education institutions may obtain zero-rate educational services supplied in accordance with a curriculum recognized by the competent federal or local government entity, provided the institution is either owned by the federal or local government or receives more than 50 percent of its annual funding directly from the federal or local government (qualifying institution). The bulletin noted that the supply of printed and digital reading material related to an approved curriculum shall be subject to the zero-rate if the supplier is a qualifying institution.
The bulletin also noted that the transportation of students from home to the location of the higher education institution, and vice versa, is exempted from tax and that services supplied to persons who are not enrolled in the higher education institution are subject to 5 percent VAT. The supply of electronic devices, food and beverages, field trips that are not directly related to the curriculum, and other supplies, are also subject to 5 percent VAT.
The bulletin added that higher education institutions providing zero-rated and standard-rated supplies are required to register for VAT if the value of these taxable supplies and imports exceeded the mandatory registration threshold of Dh 375,000 during the last 12 months, or is expected to exceed this threshold within the next 30 days. These institutions are, therefore, required to issue tax invoices.
The bulletin is made available through the FTA website
Courtesy: Gulf News
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