Although the UAE (United Arab Emirates) has long been a tax-free hub for commerce, on January 31, 2022, the Ministry of Finance of the UAE announced a Corporate Tax (CT) meant to ensure the UAE remains a competitive economy while supporting growth.
Here’s what you need to know about the UAE’s Corporate Tax.
UAE’s Corporate Tax (CT) on business profits is set at a rate of 9%. The tax will be effective for financial years starting as follows:
The CT is applicable on or after 1st July 2023.
If your financial year is Your Corporate Tax is applicable from
July – June 1st July 2023
Jan – Dec 1st Jan 2024
Apr – Mar 1st Apr 2024
The corporate tax rate is 0% if the company’s taxable income is between 0 and AED 375,000. Above AED 375,000 the corporate tax rate is 9%. That 9% is only charged on income above AED 375,000.
For example, if the net profit of a business after necessary adjustments in compliance with corporate tax law is AED 400,000 tax payable will be 400,000 – 375000 = AED 25,000 x 9% = 2250 AED.
A company that has a taxable income of AED 400,000 would pay AED 2250 in corporate taxes.
Income Tax rate Corporate tax
AED 37500 0% AED 0
AED 400,000 9% AED 2250
Those who will pay the corporate tax include:
Not all income will count as taxable income. Individuals will not pay taxes on income from employment, real estate or personal income that isn’t related to a UAE trade or business. Individual capital gains will also not be taxed.
Foreign investor income from dividends, interest, royalties, and capital gains will also generally not be taxed.
Businesses in Free Zones will be subject to the corporate tax, but their tax rate will be 0% provided they follow all regulatory requirements. If they do business with mainland UAE they will have to pay the 9% tax.
It’s important that you’re prepared for the corporate tax when it takes effect. Here are some steps you can take to make sure you’re compliant with the corporate tax.
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