UAE Corporate Tax Law Demystified

Do you have questions about UAE’s corporate tax legislation? Here’s a simplified overview of the main clauses.


  • The Federal Decree-Law No. (47) of 2022 issued on December 9, 2022, for the implementation of Corporate Tax (“CT law”) in the UAE
  • CT law effective from June 1, 2023
  • Taxable Persons:
  1. Companies and other juridical individuals incorporated or managed in the UAE
  2. Individuals conducting a Business or Business Activity here
  3. Foreign legal entities with a Permanent Establishment in the country
  • 9% tax rate applied on the adjusted accounting net profits of a company above AED 375,000 (US$ 102000)
  • To be administered, collected and enforced by the Federal Tax Authority (FTA)


Exempt Entities automatically or by way of application:

  • Government entities and government-controlled entities (to be specified)
  • Extractive and non-extractive natural resource businesses which meet certain conditions
  • Qualifying public benefit entities, such as charities and non-profits
  • Qualifying investment funds, such as mutual funds and hedge funds
  • Public pension or social security funds
  • Private pension or social security funds

Not applicable on/exempt income:

  • Natural persons, having
  • Employment income
  • Carrying business with annual turnover less than AED 1 million
  • Income from property investment
  • Income from savings
  • Investment returns
  • Other income not related to UAE trade or business
  • Dividends, capital gains, and other investment gains, subject to fulfilment of conditions of Participation Exemption


0% tax for qualifying free zone entities on qualifying income, which includes:

  • Income derived from transactions with other free zone persons except for excluded activities
  • Income derived from transactions with a non-free zone person from qualifying activities only, including:

⚬ Manufacturing of goods or materials

⚬ Processing of goods or materials

⚬ Holding of shares and other securities

⚬ Ownership, management and operation of ships

⚬ Reinsurance

⚬ Fund management

⚬ Wealth and investment management

⚬ Headquarter services

⚬ Treasury and financing services

⚬ Financing and leasing of aircraft, including engines and rotable components

⚬ Distribution of goods or materials in or from a designated zone to a customer that resells such goods or materials, or parts thereof or processes, or alters such goods or materials or parts thereof for the purposes of sale or resale.

⚬ Logistics


  • Business restructuring to take place in a tax neutral manner
  • Interest deductible against profit subject to corporate tax, subject to limit of 30% of EBITDA and other conditions
  • Only 50% of entertainment expenditure to be deducted against taxable profits, with employee entertainment 100% deductible
  • Payments to connected people (e.g. directors or owners) to be at market value, wholly and exclusively for business purposes
  • Tax losses offset against the taxable income of subsequent tax periods subject to conditions


  • A scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) providing exemption from payment of corporate tax if revenue does not exceed AED 3 million in a Tax Period
  • Applicable for 3 Tax periods starting from June 1, 2023 until December 31, 2026
  • Normal corporate tax provisions applicable, if revenue exceeds AED 3 million in relevant Tax Period or previous period
  • Election to made by Taxpayer for claiming the small business relief
  • Corporate Tax registration mandatory, but simplified Corporate Tax return
  • Credit of foreign tax paid can be claimed against tax liability
  • Double taxation agreements signed by the UAE and several countries to ensure that taxpayers are not taxed twice
  • Companies or individuals to obtain a Tax Residency Certificate to benefit from these agreements


  • Failure of filing a tax return within due date: AED 500 per month or part for delay upto 12 months, AED 1,000 per month thereafter
  • Failure to pay tax on time: 14% per annum (calculated monthly) on the unpaid tax for each month/ part that the tax is late
  • Failure to keep required tax records: AED 10,000 for each violation, AED 20,000 for each repeat violation within 24 months
  • Submission of Voluntary Disclosure: A monthly penalty of 1% on the Tax Difference, for each month or part thereof
  • Failure to submit, or late submission of a Declaration to the FTA: AED 500 per month or part for delay upto 12 months, AED 1,000 per month thereafter

This guide has been prepared by OH LLP in partnership with PKF UAE. 

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