UAE Sets Maximum Daily Cash Limit For Tourist VAT Refund

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Tourists will now receive a maximum of Dhs7,000 per day in cash refunds for value-added tax (VAT) when leaving the UAE, the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has announced.

Tourists applying through the Tax Refunds for Tourists Scheme will now have their refunds capped at Dh7,000.


Last month, self-service kiosks were installed at exit points across the country to help tourists reclaim their VAT refunds more efficiently. Tourists who apply for their refunds on those kiosks will have their money refunded on their credit cards.

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The procedure involves a few online steps that help users determine the taxes eligible for a refund; verify that the purchased items are with them when applying for the refund, and then recover the taxes through an automated process without interacting with employees.

Tourists can submit their tax invoices on purchases they made at retail outlets registered within the scheme, along with their passport and credit card.


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