VAT charges removed on gold at wholesale level

Dubai: The UAE has rolled back the 5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on gold and diamond sectors at the wholesale level. Retailers will continue to impose 5 per cent on all jewellery transactions taking place at their shops. 

But the move, announced by the UAE Cabinet, could set off a gradual revival in consumer sentiments for gold and diamond jewellery purchases, market sources say. Jewellery retailers would pass on the VAT benefits they receive from wholesalers in setting the price on their pieces. This way, shoppers will receive their share of the benefits.