The UAE Federal Revenue Authority plans to launch a new integrated platform this year to further digitize tax administration as part of the national digital agenda.

EmaraTax, launched after a long period of evaluation, consultation and development, is a major milestone for the FTA, the authority said in a statement Tuesday.

The platform is currently mobile-ready and the app will launch shortly after the EmaraTax platform goes live in November 2022.

“EmaraTax represents the culmination of months of intense effort to build an enhanced tax administration platform designed to make it easier, faster and more transparent for taxpayers to administer their taxes,” the FTA said.

The new platform is a modern tax administration ecosystem that integrates FTA with other government entities such as the UAE Central Bank and national technology-based programs including UAE PASS to simplify use common data. It also simplifies a range of user processes, from logging in to compiling tax returns.

The platform will significantly improve taxpayer access to FTA services, pay taxes and obtain refunds.

It will further expand AFC’s tax administration capabilities and enable better and faster decision-making, as well as early engagement with taxpayers in need of assistance, the authority said.

The platform will not only benefit individual taxpayers, but also tax agents, legal representatives, foreign missions and diplomats, customs authorities and verification agencies.

Established in 2016 to help the UAE diversify the national economy and increase non-oil revenue through the management and collection of federal taxes, the FTA has continuously improved its services to streamline the tax process.

In September, the United Arab Emirates introduced a paperless tax refund system for tourists visiting the country, removing the need to keep receipts.

As part of the initiative, retail merchant cash registers in the Emirates will generate electronic invoices that will allow visitors to claim VAT refunds.

Tourists will not be required to carry paper invoices with them to claim reimbursement, which they can collect in cash or have transferred to a credit card on departure through one of Planet Tax’s 100 self-service kiosks Free available at 13 airports or ports in the UAE. .

Updated: October 11, 2022, 4:10 p.m.

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