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Corporate Tax is Coming to the UAE – Are You Prepared

Corporate Tax is Coming to the UAE – Are You Prepared?


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On June 1st, 2023, the UAE will introduce a federal corporate tax at a rate of 9% for businesses. This new tax aims to strengthen the UAE’s business environment and meet international standards for tax transparency.

The corporate tax will apply to businesses and corporate entities that make over 375,000 AED in annual profits. For small businesses, profits up to 375,000 AED will remain tax-exempt. Some types of businesses and income are also fully exempt, such as:

  • Individual income unrelated to a business
  • Foreign investors without a UAE business
  • Qualifying free zone entities
  • Capital gains and dividend income from shareholdings
  • Intragroup transactions and restructurings

For businesses subject to the tax, it will be calculated as 9% of their annual taxable profits. For example, if a business makes 4,750,000 AED in profit, it will pay 9,000 AED in corporate tax (4,750,000- 3,750,000 x 9%).

With corporate tax coming soon, now is the time for businesses to prepare. Below are some steps you can take that will help you prepare.

Register for corporate tax

Businesses must register separately from VAT registration on the FTA website.

Keep accurate financial records

The key to paying the correct amount of tax is having thorough bookkeeping and financial statements that accurately reflect your profits.

Prepare financial statements

The new tax will base your liability on your profit as shown in financial statements like profit and loss accounts and balance sheets.

Get the right advisory

Business management solutions like corporate tax consultants in Dubai to help manage your books, generate accurate financial statements, and file VAT returns – all features that will be invaluable for corporate tax compliance.

Don't attempt to avoid the tax

Any restructuring solely aimed at reducing your tax bill could be considered tax avoidance under the new law and result in penalties.

The new corporate tax law is already in place, and it’s time to take action to ensure a smooth transition for your business. Make sure your financial records are in order, understand how the tax will impact your business, and invest in the tools that will help you comply efficiently. Don’t wait – contact IMC Group today to check your eligibility and receive expert guidance on navigating the new tax landscape.

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