Corporate Tax in UAE from 1st June ’23


Yarab A | Updated on: March 2, 2022

The authorities in UAE have announced the introduction of corporate tax from 1st June,23. Since its announcement, it has created a buzz among businesses and tax professionals. With this announcement, UAE is all set to become 4th among the GCC countries to introduce a federal corporate tax.

The introduction of federal corporate tax in UAE aims to further strengthen the country's position as a world-leading hub for businesses and investment and accelerate the strategic objective towards development and transformation. Also, the corporate tax concept helps meet international standards for tax transparency and avoids harmful tax practices.

Given that corporate tax is new in UAE, it is essential for businesses to understand the concept. We have tried to put across some common questions you might have on corporate tax.

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Corporate Tax in UAE from 1st June '23

What is corporate tax in UAE?

Corporate tax is a form of direct tax levied on the net income or profit of corporations and other business entities. It is also commonly known as 'Corporate Income Tax' or Business Profits Tax.'

In simple words, it is a tax levied on the net profit made by the businesses. It requires companies to pay a certain percentage of profit as tax.

Who should pay corporate in UAE?

All the businesses whose taxable profit (net) is more than 375,000 AED fall under the purview of corporate tax and are required to pay a certain percentage of net profit as corporate tax.

What is the rate of corporate tax in UAE?

The corporate tax rate is at 9% of the net profit made by the businesses. In order extent support to small businesses and start-ups, the corporate tax rate will be '0' % if the net profit is up to 3,75,000 AED

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What is the date of implementing the federal corporate tax in UAE?

The date of implementing the corporate tax is effective from the financial year starting on or after 1st June, 2023.

What are the businesses or incomes that are outside the scope of corporate tax?

Given the profit threshold of 3,75,000 AED, all businesses that exceed the threshold have to pay the corporate tax. However, certain types of business or income are exempt from corporate tax. Below is the list of companies or income exempt from corporate tax:

  • Individuals will not be subject to corporate tax. As a result, any income from employment, real estate, investments in shares, and other personal income unrelated to a trade or business in the UAE will be exempt from corporate tax
  • Not applicable to foreign investors who do not carry on business in UAE
  • Corporate tax incentives are currently being offered to free zone businesses that comply with all regulatory requirements will continue.
  • Capital gains and dividends received by UAE businesses from its qualifying shareholdings are exempt from corporate tax
  • Not applicable on qualifying intragroup transactions and restructurings

How is corporate tax in UAE calculated?

Corporate tax in UAE is calculated at 9% on the net profit shown in the company's financial statements. For example, If the net profit is 200,000 AED, the corporate tax will be 18,000 AED (200,000 X 9/100). We guess it should be simple as this, but we need to wait for guidelines from authorities on arriving at the taxable net profit.

What's ahead for businesses with proposed corporate tax in UAE?

There is a lot to unfold on federal corporate tax as we walk towards the d-day 'June,2023', which is miles away form now. Given the proposed implementation date, businesses have plenty of time to prepare for corporate tax. To add to it, the guidelines and regulations are yet to be published, but gradually, it is expected to be available.

While there is limited information on corporate tax to study and understand the complexity, one sure thing is that financial statements will now become even more critical for businesses. This is because the net profit on these statements becomes base to arrive at the corporate tax that a business is liable to pay.

The accuracy of the business data will define the correctness of financial statements, which then ensures the right amount of corporate tax is determined. Guess, by now, you must have gauged how helpful the business management software will be to your businesses. With the ability to auto-generate the financial statements such as profit and loss a/c balance sheet etc., it assists your business to be corporate tax ready in no time.

TallyPrime is a business management software that comes with a range of business modules to manage the growing needs of your business. One of the powerful features of TallyPrime is to generate instant business reports related to accounting, inventory and financial statements such as profit and loss account a/c, balance sheet etc.

What's more? Along with helping you to be corporate tax ready, it also comes with complete support for UAE VAT, from generating tax invoices to filing accurate VAT returns.

Being business ready is not what you do on the date of implementing the corporate tax; it's about the things you should do today for a smooth transition to the corporate tax era. One thing that should be on top of your list is to have the right business management software, not only for corporate tax, but also to manage your business more efficiently than before.

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