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Federal Tax Authority Launches digital tax Stamp System to Verify Payment of Excise Tax on Tobacco Products


The system seeks to combat tax evasion and commercial fraud.
 

Dubai, May6, 2018 – The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has announced launching a new electronic tracking system which uses digital tax stamps to ensure Excise Tax on tobacco products has been paidat an awarenessmeeting held in Dubai.

Set to go into effect in early 2019, the system seeks to combat tax evasion and commercial fraud, supporting the FTA’s efforts to successfully implement Excise Tax systems and verify payment of Excise Tax on Tobacco Products.

The meeting was headed by FTA Director General His Excellency Khalid Ali Al Bustani and attended by local and international producers and importers of tobacco, along with representatives from the Authority and the global company that operates the system, which specialises in banknotes manufacturing, digital tax stamps for tobacco products

The meeting is part of the Authority’s efforts to reach out to tobacco companies, as well as the company behind the tax stamp system to work out a joint action plan and identify the requirements for implementing the system. It was preceded by several communications with all companies involved, to ensure timely systems integration and explore ways to seamlessly implement the solution in a coordinated manner.

The system seeks to ensure that all Excise Taxes on cigarettes – and later on, all tobacco products – is collected. To that end, digital stamps will be attached to these products, which allows for tracking and monitoringthem.The use of digital tax stamps is an innovative solution to combatting tax evasion, facilitating inspections, and monitoring customs and markets to prevent the sale of products when the due taxes have not been paid. The digital tax stamps are placed on the packaging of tobacco products, and registered in the FTA’s database. The stamps contain tax-related data that can be read using special devices.

“The Authority has made great progress in implementing the new system with based on best international standards,” H.E. Al Bustani noted. “The system will include integrated electronic tracking mechanisms at customs and across supply chain around the UAE. It is set to be rolled out in the near future in coordination with the customs departments, as well as economic development departments, and manufacturers and importers of tobacco products.”

The FTA Director General urged all companies operating in the tobacco manufacturing and supplying sector– which are subject to ExciseTax – to comply with the new system and its requirements, and to cooperate with the Authority to implement it and ensure widespreadcompliance withUAE tax laws and regulations to avoid administrative penalties. The UAE has implemented a world-class tax system, H.E. explained – one that is based on straightforward procedures and requirements, and rooted in thorough analyses and studies.

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