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The UAE Federal Tax Authority (FTA) announced that any person or group proven to have violated the provisions of tax legislation has the right to apply to the FTA to reduce or be exempted from an administrative penalty, provided that there is an excuse acceptable to the FTA, and that there is evidence available justifying the excuse and the violation related thereto, which led to the imposition of an administrative penalty. The FTA clarified that…

In brief The UAE Legislator has always taken into account the obstacles and complications that may delay the ability of any sector covered by the legislations to achieve the desired results. It has also acted in line with the leadership’s keenness to create a supportive environment for businesses of different specialties, which requires the establishment of clear legislative and legal sequences in order to ensure the ability to deal effectively with the global and local…

The UAE Federal Supreme Court recently dismissed an appeal filed by the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) against taxes and administrative fines and penalties imposed by the FTA against a UAE company, a Dubai based beverage distributor, in connection with excise taxes. Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla represented the company. The court also ordered that the FTA repay the full amount of the penalties to the company. This was considered to be the first time the…

As the effects of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to be felt around the world, businesses face significant levels of instability and uncertainty caused by weakened financial markets and disruption to workplace operations and business pipelines, and resulting in a growth in the number and types of disputes. What will this mean for the future of disputes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)? The Baker McKenzie Dispute Resolution team explores ‘The Future…

Baker McKenzie launches a new and expanded edition of the Cross-Border Enforcement Center, a high-level comparative analysis of the enforcement of court judgments and arbitration awards across 44 jurisdictions, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE). At the height of a pandemic, companies around the world are bracing themselves for an increase in disputes, the first signs of which are already starting to emerge. These include disputes over contracts, property and payment defaults, amongst others. As…