Consumers will always have to bear the burden of VAT

Readers discuss VAT, the Iran nuclear deal, a policeman's bravery and woman's courage

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 7 July, 2013:
People shopping ahead of the month Ramadan at the Lulu HyperMarket in Al Mushrif Mall. 
Asmaa Al Hameli / The National
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To answer to your question Who will bear the burden of VAT in the UAE? (October 11), consumers will naturally be the ones most affected by VAT. This is how VAT works. It is a tax on consumers, collected by the companies on behalf of the state. Tourists should be refunded when they leave the country and this will require further clarification in the law. Prices will surely increase by more than five per cent, as consumers will also have to indirectly pay implementation costs.

Frederic Beaugrand, Dubai

This tax will only rise over time. Of course consumers will take the full brunt of the tax. It will be business as usual for companies.

Logan Delafish, Dubai 

The world needs more brave people

Your online story Dubai police officer's strong arm of the law as he pushes broken down car along busy motorway (October 10) was heartwarming. It is great to see that good deeds do not go unnoticed and that there are still people who work for the greater good.

Name withheld by request

This was a job well done and the world needs more people like this police officer.

Joe Lee Brown, Washington

Women would take on the world for their children

The battles some women have to wage for their children can be challenging (Woman wins nine-year battle to get visa for her son, October 11). Answering this mother's plea was a grand gesture on the part of Ajman's Crown Prince. Some gestures can go a long way.

Name withheld by request

Ms Al Zaher's story is indeed a sad one. I wish the lady good luck. Eyesight is our most precious gift.

Ann Cambridge, UK

Will Trump review his position on the Iran nuclear deal? 

In reference to your online article Britain's May urges Trump not to end Iran nuclear pact (October 11), it is clear that the international community is increasingly opposing the recent Iran US nuclear deal. If Trump agrees to maintain the nuclear deal, the international community - all but Britain's Theresa May - feels the region's security will be put in peril  and many other problems could arise. Will Mr Trump reconsider his strategy with Iran. Let's wait and see.

Ragavan Krishnamachary, India

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