Corporate Tax Compliance Requirements in UAE

With the UAE all set to implement the corporate tax in UAE from 2023, next year, the aspect of compliance is of significant importance. Non-compliance with the new corporate tax regime in the UAE may lead to financial risks, penalties, and higher tax charges. 

Furthermore, a significant business risk, as it can harm the reputation of the taxpayer with government authorities and the public. 

That being said, our blog outlines the proposed requirements that must be kept in mind by businesses to comply with corporate tax

Requirements for Corporate Tax Compliance in UAE

  • Regulations for Registration and Deregistration of Corporate Tax

  1. Registration with the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) is mandatory for businesses liable to pay corporate tax.
  2. Acquiring a Tax Registration Number (TRN) within the prescribed timeframe is essential.
  3. The FTA reserves the right to automatically enroll businesses for corporation tax if they fail to do so voluntarily.
  4. Businesses ceasing corporation tax obligations must deregister with the FTA within three months.
  5. FTA approval for deregistration requires fulfilling tax filing requirements and settling outstanding obligations or fines.
  6. Failure to apply for deregistration within the specified timeframe or to meet payment and filing obligations may result in the FTA taking action based on available information.
  • Filing, Payment, and Refund Regulations for Corporate Tax in UAE 

Conducive to the FTA keeping a minimum corporate tax burden on business, a business will exclusively have to prepare and file a corporate tax return with other supporting processes with the FTA for each tax period. A business does not have to file an interim CT return or make any up-front payments of any kind. The Submission of each corporate tax return and other supporting documents has to be done to the FTA in less than nine months of the end of each applicable tax period. The FTA may also ask for additional documents if required. 

Taxpayers must pay their CT obligation within nine months from the end of each tax period. The taxpayer can also request a refund from the FTA, where a corporate tax refund is due. 2

The table below further showcases the deadlines for corporate tax filing and payment.

                                                Deadlines for Corporate Tax Filing and Payments

End of the financial year 30 June 31 1 December 31 March
Initial (first) Tax Period  1 Jul 2023- 30 Jun 2024 1 Jan 2024-31 Dec 2024 1 Apr 2024- 31 Mar 2025
Filing of Corporate tax and Payments as seen in the above information must be done in less than 9 months of the tax period
e Date for CT Filing and Payment 31 Mar 2025 30 Sept 2025 31 Dec 2025
  • Corporate Tax Evaluation in UAE

A self-evaluation principle will apply to all businesses that come under the scope of the UAE corporate tax law. In other words, each business is accountable to make sure that the tax return and other supporting aspects that are provided to the FTA are complete, correct, and in accordance with the regulations outlined in the UAE corporate tax law.

Furthermore, the FTA may state the way of evaluation within the duration specified in the Tax Procedures Law, in regards to reviewing filed corporate tax returns. This will be done to protect the integrity of the corporate tax law. 

In addition, the Tax procedures law also states the processes and procedures for challenging an amended evaluation by the FTA, if a taxpayer feels the need to do so. 

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  • Clarifications on Compliance 

To ensure a well-functioning corporate tax system in the UAE, clarity around how to comply is an essential aspect. This is why the FTA provides a means for businesses to apply for clarifications if there is confusion regarding any suggested or commenced transaction or arrangement, on the condition that the facts and circumstances of the business outlined in the clarification still apply, then such clarification is obligatory on the part of the FTA.

  • Requirements for Documentation 

Financial and additional records are to be maintained by a business, explaining the information present in the corporate tax return submitted to the Federal Tax Authority (FTA). This also applies to specifically exempt persons as such records enable the FTA to establish such persons' exempt status. 

Pertinent company regulations and laws will determine whether a company’s financial statements need to be audited by a licensed audit firm or not. However, as per the UAE corporate tax law, if a free zone person wants to take advantage of the 0% corporate tax rate, it needs to have its financial statements audited. 

  • Transitional rules related to Corporate Tax

Businesses do not need to reiterate or renew their balance sheet to enter the UAE corporate tax regime. On the other hand, the opening balance sheet of a taxable person for corporate tax reasons would be considered their closing balance sheet for financial reporting for a period that closes instantly right before the beginning of their first tax period.

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