February 23, 2024
Business UAE

2 new AWS Europe branches in UAE begin charging VAT

Tax invoices are also issued for UAE-based AWS accounts

The two new local branches of Amazon Web Services EMEA (AWS Europe) located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have begun charging local value-added tax (VAT) and issuing tax invoices for AWS accounts based in the UAE with effect from February 1, 2024.

Launched on February 1, 2024, the two new local branches of AWS Europe specifically cater to customers in the country.

UAE customers can now purchase and be invoiced by the local branches for AWS products, including Cloud, ProServe, Marketing, and Training services.

Invoices for products purchased from EMEA-eligible sellers on the AWS Marketplace are received from Amazon Web Services EMEA. Certain communications-related services continue to be sold by AMCS and invoiced by Amazon Web Services.

Cloud invoices include VAT on all service charges for customer accounts in the UAE. VAT invoices are now issued per a Tax Registration Number (TRN) and to each account without a TRN.

Before February 1, 2024, Amazon Web Services EMEA customers were advised to review and update their AWS accounts’ information:

  • If they were a VAT-registered business and had a TRN, they were instructed to visit the Tax Settings page of the AWS Billing and Cost Management Console and confirm/update the TRN and Business Legal Address (including the Emirates) for their AWS account(s).
  • If they did not have a TRN, they were directed to visit their AWS Console account page (via My Account) to confirm/update their contact address (including the Emirates).
  • Additionally, customers were requested to visit the Payment Methods page of their AWS Console to confirm/update their billing address (including the UAE).

On 1 July 2018, AWS began selling its services from its Luxembourg-based AWS entity, Amazon Web Services EMEA (AWS Europe). Both AWS and AWS Europe are wholly owned subsidiaries of Amazon.com. AWS Europe provides all invoicing and payment services for AWS accounts based in countries and territories across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Featured image: AWS sells its services from its Luxembourg-based entity. Image: Towfiqu Varbhuiya

    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto is an award-winning journalist with wide-ranging Middle East and Asia experience in the tech, space, aerospace, aviation, defence, luxury watchmaking, business, fashion, and automotive verticals. He is passionate about conserving endangered native wildlife globally and protecting the world’s oceans from plastic pollution, overfishing, and climate change. Arnold enjoys 4x4 off-roading, camping and exploring global destinations off the beaten track.
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