Does a qualifying educational institution have to register for VAT?
Qualifying institutions need to register for VAT if their supplies exceed the Mandatory Registration Threshold of 375,000 AED.
Educational services provided by a qualifying educational institution are a zero-rated supply. An institution can apply for exception from registration using the registration application, provided it doesn’t provide any goods or services that are taxed at the standard rate (5%).
Applying for an exception will relieve the institution of the burden of filing regular returns, but would also mean the institution cannot recover the input tax incurred on its expenses.