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Excise Tax Consultancy

Excise tax was introduced across the UAE in 2017. Excise tax is a form of indirect tax levied on specific goods which are typically harmful to human health or the environment. These goods are referred to as “excise goods”. When considering whether a product is an excise good, the following definitions apply:

  • Carbonated drinks include any aerated beverage except for unflavored aerated water. Also considered to be carbonated drinks are any concentrations, powder, gel, or extracts intended to be made into an aerated beverage.
  • Energy drinks include any beverages which are marketed, or sold as an energy drink, and contain stimulant substances that provide mental and physical stimulation, which include without limitation: caffeine, taurine, ginseng and guarana. This also includes any substance that has an identical or similar effect to the aforementioned substances. Also considered to be energy drinks are any concentrations, powder, gel or extracts intended to be made into an energy-enhancing drink.
  • Tobacco and tobacco products include all items listed within Schedule 24 of the GCC Common Customs Tariff.

From 1 December 2019, the excise tax will be levied also on:

  • Electronic smoking devices and tools
  • Liquids used in such devices and tools
  • Sweetened drinks.

The rate of the excise tax is as follows:

  • 50 per cent on carbonated drinks
  • 100 per cent on tobacco products
  • 100 per cent on energy drinks
  • 100 per cent on electronic smoking devices
  • 100 per cent on liquids used in such devices and tools
  • 50 per cent on any product with added sugar or other sweeteners.

There are a few things you should know. First, the excise duty is a tax that is levied on certain goods that are considered harmful to society, such as tobacco and alcohol. The amount of excise tax you will need to pay will depend on the type of goods you are selling and the country you are selling them in. In order to start your own excise consultancy, you will need to have a good understanding of the excise tax system and how it works. You will also need to be familiar with the different types of goods that are subject to excise tax. Finally, you will need to have a solid business plan in place in order to be successful.

Excise consultancy is the process of providing expert advice to businesses on Excise-related matters. This can include advising on tax planning, compliance, and risk management. Excise consultancy often has a deep understanding of the Excise regime and can provide valuable insights to businesses on how to best navigate the Excise landscape. If your business is looking for support on Excise-related matters, then engaging an Excise consultancy may be the right solution for you.

Forthright Consultancy is a leading provider of excise consultancy, bookkeeping services, withholding tax, VAT consultancy, audit services, and more. We also offer a variety of other services, such as tax planning, corporate tax, and individual tax. We have a team of experienced professionals who are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality of service. We are proud to have a reputation for excellence and integrity, and we are committed to providing our clients with the best possible service.


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