Essential FAQs: Understanding and Complying with Corporate Tax in the UAE



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    As the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embarks on a new era of fiscal policy, the introduction of corporate tax marks a pivotal moment in the nation’s economic trajectory. This comprehensive guide aims to provide a clear understanding of the new tax regime, addressing frequently asked questions (FAQs) and delving into the intricacies of corporate tax implementation.

    In the wake of this significant development, it is crucial for businesses operating in the UAE to gain a thorough understanding of the implications of corporate tax. This guide serves as an invaluable resource, equipping businesses with the knowledge they need to navigate the new tax landscape effectively.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Corporate Tax in UAE

    1. What is the corporate tax rate in UAE?

      The standard corporate tax rate in UAE is 9%. However, there is a zero-rate for taxable profits of AED 375,000 or less. Additionally, Qualifying Free Zone Persons can benefit from a 0% corporate tax rate on their Qualifying Income.

    2. Who is subject to corporate tax in UAE?

      Corporate tax in UAE is applicable to all businesses, including resident companies, foreign companies with a permanent establishment in the UAE, and juridical persons established in a UAE Free Zone. However, there are certain exemptions, such as UAE government entities, UAE government-controlled entities, and Qualifying Public Benefit Entities.

    3. What is the timeline for corporate tax implementation in the UAE?

      The timeline for corporate tax implementation in the UAE is as follows:

      • June 1, 2023: Corporate tax comes into effect for businesses with financial years starting on or after this date.
      • December 31, 2023: Deadline for businesses to register for corporate tax with the Federal Tax Authority (FTA).
      • June 30, 2024: Deadline for businesses to file their first corporate tax return for the financial year ending on or before June 30, 2023.
    4. Which businesses will be subject to corporate tax in the UAE?

      All businesses operating in the UAE will be subject to corporate tax, with the exception of small businesses with taxable profits of less than AED 375,000.

    5. What are the benefits of implementing corporate tax in the UAE?

      The UAE government has stated that the implementation of corporate tax is intended to help the country achieve its strategic objectives, including:

      • Diversifying the economy
      • Attracting foreign investment
      • Creating a more competitive business environment
      • Ensuring that the UAE’s tax regime is aligned with international standards
    6. What are the challenges of implementing corporate tax in the UAE?

      Some of the challenges of implementing corporate tax in the UAE include:

      • Ensuring that the tax system is simple and easy to administer
      • Educating businesses about the new tax regime
      • Preventing tax avoidance and evasion
    7. How is corporate tax calculated in the UAE?

      Corporate tax is calculated on the net profit of a business, which is determined by deducting allowable expenses from total revenue. The taxable profit is then subject to the applicable tax rate.


    The implementation of corporate tax in the UAE is a significant development for businesses operating in the country. It is important for businesses to start planning now to ensure that they are ready to comply with the new tax regime. Businesses are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new regulations and seek professional guidance if needed. Still confused? Read our article based on complete FAQs related to UAE Corporate Tax.

    If you need help implementing corporate tax in the UAE, contact HLB HAMT today. Our team of experienced professionals can help you to comply with the new tax regime and minimize your tax liability.



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