UAE: Federal Tax Authority Issues Corporate Tax Guide

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UAE: Federal Tax Authority Issues Corporate Tax Guide

The UAE’s Federal Tax Authority has announced it has issued a Corporate Tax Guide. The Guide has been issued following the issuing of Federal Decree-Law No. 47/2022 on the Taxation of Corporations and Businesses (Corporate Tax Law) on 3 October 2022 and its publication in the Official Gazette on 10 October 2022.

The law provides the legislative basis for imposing a federal tax on corporations and business profits in the UAE. The provisions of the law will apply to tax periods commencing on or after 1 June 2023.

Various Cabinet and Ministerial Decisions have since been published. The Guide is aimed at providing general guidance on corporate tax in the UAE with a view to making the provisions of the Corporate Tax Law as understandable as possible to readers.

It provides readers with an overview of the main corporate tax rules and procedures, including the determination of the corporate tax base, the calculation of corporate tax, the filing of corporate tax returns and other related compliance requirements and assistance with the most common questions businesses might have. In addition, the guide explains where further assistance should be sought if there are questions about the guide’s contents or areas not specifically dealt with in the guide.

It covers the fundamentals of the corporate tax regime in the UAE, including what corporate tax is, who is subject to it, what types of income are taxable and how a taxable person’s corporate tax liability is calculated as well. Finally, the guide explains the corporate tax administration process, from Tax Registration and record keeping to submitting returns and making payments.

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Tanya Jain