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Note: LexisNexis Middle East has agreed with Middlesex University Dubai and Aurifer Middle East Tax to serve as Knowledge Partner for the Aurifer GCC Tax Certificate. Middlesex University Dubai handles registrations and course payments. Individuals who register interest in attending one of the Aurifer GCC Tax Certificate sessions consent to be contacted by Middlesex University Dubai to complete the registration and payment process.

OVERVIEW

The GCC Tax Certificate is the first of its kind in the region. Brought by and endorsed by professionals in the field, it provides a comprehensive overview of taxation in the Gulf, focusing on the UAE. While covering international tax aspects, it covers nearly all direct and indirect taxation areas. The program has a strong practical focus and is a must-attend for any tax practitioner or aspiring tax practitioner in the GCC region. 

The Certificate takes place over 16 days of 3 hours. The Co-Chairs are Thomas Vanhee (Aurifer) and Pallavi Kishore (Middlesex University Dubai). The faculty comprises experienced tax professionals from top regional accounting and law firms. 

The Certificate will benefit tax professionals in the GCC who are working in consulting firms, in-house tax professionals, government officials, and students who wish to boost their careers. Candidates need a bachelor's or master's in law, accounting, or business, and a good command of English, or already be active in the tax field with 1 to 4 years of experience. 

When:  

  • October-November 2022
  • Total of 48 hours, 3 hours after work for 16 days, twice a week and therefore for 8 weeks 

Fees: 

  • AED 8,000 for the full course 
  • Single course 6 credits/12 credits options available 
  • Discount of 20% for group registrations (More than 3 persons from one company) 
  • Discount for Middlesex University Dubai students 

CONTENT OF TRAINING

UAE Corporate Income Tax (6h00)

In this course, we will discuss the recently enacted legislation around the application of corporate income tax in the UAE. We will notably focus on its scope and the different exemption and carveouts. We will also discuss the application of CIT on the Free Zones and how the system interacts with Pillar Two. 

GCC VAT and Excise Tax (9h00)

VAT is a general and broad-based consumption tax assessed on the value added to goods and services. The course will focus on general VAT principles and the OECD VAT/GST guidelines. It will also compare the EU VAT system to the GCC system, as well as broadly systems around the globe. The course will treat basic concepts such as taxable persons, taxable supplies, place of supply, taxable base, rates and VAT liability.

 

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Domestic tax systems in the GCC (3h00)

This course will provide an overview of the different characteristics of the domestic tax systems in the GCC, focusing on similarities and differences. As part of this course, we will explain the impact of the GCC treaties on taxation in the GCC. In addition, it will discuss the GCC's role in harmonising fiscal rules and compare it to the EU. We will discuss the roles of free zones in international trade and local sponsorship requirements. 

GCC Customs (6h00)

In this course, we will cover the basic principles of customs laws around classification, valuation and origin. In addition, we will analyse the impact of the GCC Treaties on the unification of customs systems in the GCC and analyse Free Trade Agreements entered into by the GCC.  

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International Tax (9h00)

Tax treaties constitute the backbone of international trade and aim to facilitate it. We will cover basic aspects of double tax treaties and show how regional bodies such as the EU sometimes further impact domestic rules. We will cover the Multilateral Instrument and the fundamentals around Pillar One and Two. 

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Transfer pricing in the GCC (6h00)

Transfer pricing is the last and most important tax change for the GCC, with Saudi being at the forefront with the implementation of extensive transfer pricing rules in 2019. Saudi and Qatar have three-tiered transfer pricing regimes, with mandatory local files, master files and country-by-country reporting. Some other GCC countries have country-by-country reporting but no requirement for local and master files. In our course, we will be covering the basics only. 

Electives by guest lecturers

Electives take place over three hours and constitute a deep dive by practitioners into their field. Each student chooses 3 electives, which take 3 hours each. We need at least 6 students enrolled for the course to go ahead.

  • Accounting for non-accountants  
  • Inheritance, sharia and taxation 
  • Tax disputes in UAE and KSA (in Arabic)  
  • Current tax issues in the aerospace, aviation and defence sector  
  • Downstream and upstream taxation for Oil and Gas  
  • Taxation of Government entities 
  • Tax fraud and prevention  
  • Taxation of financial products  
  • Tax planning techniques 
  • Environmental taxation  
  • Distributor roles in the GCC  
  • EU e-Commerce  
  • EU Taxation  
  • GCC Tax policy topics  
  • M&A and Tax  
  • UK taxation  

Each module on the Aurifer GCC Tax Certificate is taught by professionals who have acquired their knowledge from years of tax experience globally across various sectors. 

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Note: LexisNexis Middle East has agreed with Middlesex University Dubai and Aurifer Middle East Tax to serve as Knowledge Partner for the Aurifer GCC Tax Certificate. Middlesex University Dubai handles registrations and course payments. Individuals who register interest in attending one of the Aurifer GCC Tax Certificate sessions consent to be contacted by Middlesex University Dubai to complete the registration and payment process.