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In another move designed to help affected businesses navigate the financial and administrative impact of COVID-19, following the deferral of Excise tax filings and payments, the Federal Tax Authority (“FTA”) in the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) has extended the due date for filing the VAT return and payment of VAT for the tax period ended 31 March 2020 (monthly or quarterly) by one month from 28 April 2020 to 28 May 2020. The impact of this announcement on future filings will need to be considered carefully.

Mirroring similar measures adopted by tax administrations globally and in the region, this extension will no doubt be a welcome relief for affected businesses.