Corporate Tax

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9% Federal Corporate Tax in UAE on business profits with a threshold of AED 375,000.

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Who is subject to Corporate Tax?

Corporate Tax applies to the following “Taxable Persons”:
  • UAE companies and other juridical persons that are incorporated or effectively managed and controlled in the UAE;
  • Non-resident juridical persons (foreign legal entities) that have a Permanent Establishment in the UAE.

Juridical persons established in a UAE Free Zone are also within the scope of Corporate Tax as “Taxable Persons” and will need to comply with the requirements set out in the Corporate Tax Law. However, a Free Zone Person that meets the conditions to be considered a Qualifying Free Zone Person can benefit from a Corporate Tax rate of 0% on their Qualifying Income.

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What is Corporate Tax imposed on?

Corporate Tax is imposed on Taxable Income earned by a Taxable Person in a Tax Period.

Corporate Tax would generally be imposed annually, with the Corporate Tax liability calculated by the Taxable Person on a self-assessment basis.

The starting point for calculating Taxable Income is the Taxable Person’s accounting income (i.e. net profit or loss before tax) as per their financial statements. The Taxable Person will then need to make certain adjustments to determine their Taxable Income for the relevant Tax Period. For example, adjustments to accounting income may need to be made for income that is exempt from Corporate Tax and for expenditure that is wholly or partially non-deductible for Corporate Tax purposes.

Complete Corporate Tax Guide

What expenses are deductible?

In principle, all legitimate business expenses incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of deriving Taxable Income will be deductible.

Although the timing of the deduction may vary for different types of expenses and the accounting method applied. For capital assets, expenditure would generally be recognised by way of depreciation or amortisation deductions over the economic life of the asset or benefit.

Examples of expenditure that is or may not be deductible (partially or in full) include:
Types of Expenditures Limitation to Deductibility
  • Bribes
  • Fines and penalties (other than amounts awarded as compensation for damages or breach of contract)
  • Donations, grants or gifts made to an entity that is not a Qualifying Public Benefit Entity
  • Dividends and other profits distributions
  • Corporate Tax imposed under the Corporate Tax Law
  • Expenditure not incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the Taxable person’s Business
  • Expenditure incurred in deriving income that is exempt from Corporate Tax

No deduction

  • Client entertainment expenditure

Partial deduction of 50% of the amount of the expenditure

  • Interest expenditure

Deduction of net interest expenditure exceeding a certain de minimis threshold up to 30% of the amount of earnings before the deduction of interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (except for certain activities)

Navigating the tax laws and regulations

When to register, file & pay Corporate Tax?

It's essential for businesses operating in the UAE to seek professional advice and comply with local regulations to ensure business is law compliant.

Navigating the tax laws and regulations in the UAE can be challenging, especially for businesses that are new to the region. That's where we come in. Our tax experts understand tax laws & are constantly updating with new rules coming in place.

So, look no further & contact Crystal Accounts and Advisory to seek experts advise.

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