February 24, 2024
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Demystifying VAT in Dubai Real Estate

Dubai Real Estate

Navigating Value Added Tax (VAT) in Dubai’s dynamic real estate market can be tricky. Here’s a quick breakdown:

Rates: The standard VAT rate is 5%. However, it’s a nuanced world:

Commercial: Buying, selling, or leasing commercial property incurs 5% VAT. Think offices, warehouses, shops – they’re all subject to this rate.

Residential: It gets interesting here. First-time sales or leases of newly built residential properties within 3 years of completion are exempt from VAT. Sweet deal for buyers! However, subsequent sales or leases after 3 years get taxed at 5%. Existing residential properties (older than 3 years) are also exempt from VAT.

Mixed-use: Buildings with both commercial and residential spaces? Get ready for some math! The 5% VAT Services applies to the commercial portion, while the residential part benefits from the exemption (for new buildings) or zero-rating (for older ones).

Recoveries and Exemptions: Good news! VAT paid on construction services for a new residential building within 3 years can be reclaimed by the developer. Additionally, bare land (unimproved plots) and supplies related to charities are exempt from VAT.

Impact on Investors: Understanding VAT implications is crucial for investors. For commercial acquisitions, the 5% tax might factor into ROI calculations. First-time residential property investments within 3 years offer a tax advantage, potentially making them more attractive.

Remember: This is just a glimpse. Specific situations might have unique VAT considerations. Seeking expert advice from a tax professional is always recommended before making any real estate decisions in Dubai.