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United Arab Emirates (UAE) Corporate Tax Rate

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May 16, 2022

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Under the proposed, United Arab Emirates Corporate Tax Law, UAE Corporate Tax Rate shall be chargeable on Annual taxable income of a business . The rate at which tax shall be applied shall be as under :

The United Arab Emirates corporate tax rate, shall be as under : –

Tax percentage Income on which Tax rate is applied 
0% Taxable income upto AED 375,000
9% Taxable income exceeding AED 375,000
Different tax rate Large multinationals which are covered under Pillar 2 of the OECD BEPS project

Only Taxable income should be considered for calculating tax 

The tax rate has to be applied to taxable income exceeding AED 375,000 . If a taxpayer has earned both taxable income and exempt income, tax rate has to be applied only to taxable income exceeding AED 375,000 .

UAE Corporate Tax Rate  is one of the lowest tax rates in the world.  Given that it is a standard rate, it would help businesses to estimate their taxes in advance, and have high degree of certainty.

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0% UAE Corporate Tax Rate

The  Tax Rate shall be 0% on the following income, even if they exceed AED 375,000(subject to applicable conditions) : –

  • Dividends income from a subsidiary, or capital gains  from sale of shares of a subsidiary company

Dividends income from a subsidiary, or  capital gains  from sale of shares of a subsidiary company  will not be subject to United Arab Emirates Corporate Tax rate of 9%.

  • Non resident operator of Ships or Aircraft in International Traffic

Income of a non-resident who operates aircraft or ships in international traffic, or Leases aircraft or ships (and associated equipment), shall be exempt from tax. However, this exemption shall be available provided UAE business also receives same tax treatment in the relevant foreign jurisdiction.

  •  Income of foreign subsidiaries or foreign branches of UAE companies

Income from operations conducted by UAE companies outside the UAE through foreign subsidiaries or foreign branches.

  • Dividends paid by a Free Zone Person that benefits from the 0% CT regime
  • Dividends income from foreign subsidiary  capital gains  from sale of shares of a foreign subsidiary company

Dividends paid by foreign companies to UAE companies would  be subject to 0%  UAE Corporate Tax rate. Similarly, capital gains arising from  sale of shares in foreign companies will also be exempt from CT. Both these exemptions are subject to  certain conditions . The main condition to avail such benefit (known as participation exemption) is : –

    • UAE company must own at least 5% of the shares of the subsidiary company;
    • The foreign subsidiary is subject to CT (or an equivalent tax) at a rate of at least 9%.

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Arinjay Jain

Bio of author

Arinjay is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years of post-qualification experience. He worked as Director, in the M&A Tax Division at KPMG in India. Presently, he is advising several MNCs in UAE on Economic Substance Regulations and impact of the UAE Corporate Tax Law on their business and clients across globe on International Tax issues . He is a well recognised Trainer of International Tax and UAE Corporate Tax. The areas of service include the following : - Advise and Compliance relating to International Tax Issues; Advise relating to UAE Corporate Tax Issues; Advise and Compliance relating to UAE Economic Substance Regulations; Advise and Compliance relating to Indian Income Tax Issues; Other connected matters from a Regulatory perspective.

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