Registering for Corporate Tax UAE 2023

Getting Ready for UAE Corporate Tax

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The UAE will start applying a new corporate tax from June 1, 2023. This tax will impact many companies in the UAE. Businesses need to register on time to avoid penalties. This article will guide you through 6 key steps to prepare for UAE corporate tax.

 Step 1: Check if You Need to Register

The UAE corporate tax applies to most companies in the UAE. There are some exceptions. You must register if you:

You should also register if your income is less than $102,000. Though registration is voluntary below this amount, it can help avoid issues later on.

Step 2: Pick Your Tax Residency

Every business needs a tax residence in the UAE. This connects you to an Emirate for tax purposes. Your residency can be:  

  •  Where your business is registered  
  •  Where your headquarters is based
  •  Where your center of business is located

Choosing the right place is important. It impacts things like:

  • Tax rates
  • Tax filing processes 

Pick wisely based on where you have most operations and management control.

Step 3: Know Your Tax Obligations  

Once registered, you need to follow rules like:

  • Filing tax returns 
  • Annually 
  •  Quarterly
  • Paying taxes on time 
  •   To avoid fines
  • Keeping proper accounts & records  

You must also pay taxes at the set rate for your industry. This varies from 0% to 9% based on sector.

Step 4: Prepare Relevant Documents

To register keep documents like:

  • Business licences
  • Financial statements  
  •  Banking details
  •  Ownership information    
  •  Office leases
  •  ID copies of owners & partners

Get embassy attestation done for all foreign documents. Translated copies may also be needed.

Step 5: Choose an Accounting Period

Your accounting period sets the timeline for reporting tax. It can be: 

Calendar year 

  • January to December

Financial year 

  • 12 months of your choice  

Pick what suits your operations best. The same period must continue annually. 

Step 6: Appoint a Tax Representative  

Businesses subject to UAE corporate tax need a tax representative. They handle issues like:

– Communicating with tax authority  

– Filing tax returns & payments

– Maintaining tax records

Only qualified professionals can become tax representatives. Choose carefully to stay compliant.  

Staying Prepared

Preparing early for UAE corporate tax can help your business:  

– Avoid legal issues and penalties

– Claim available exemptions   

– Manage finances better  

– Continue operating smoothly  

Make sure to assess your tax liability correctly. Reach out to a tax consultant if needed. Stay up to date on tax law changes as well. Getting compliance right from the start will save your business a lot in the long run.  


The upcoming UAE corporate tax regime aims to enhance economic development and diversification in the country. While adjusting to new tax rules may seem complicated at first, taking the right steps will ensure your business remains compliant. Assess your tax eligibility, pick a residency, understand obligations, ready documents, and appoint a representative well in time. Stay updated on the latest tax laws and reforms as well.

With some early preparation, your company can confidently embrace the UAE’s new era in taxation. The key is to act now instead of leaving things to the last minute. Determine your tax commitments, develop reporting processes, and partner with a professional to handle filings. This will help you focus on your core operations without disruptions when tax rolls out. Being compliant also means you can utilize any available exemptions or incentives. With an informed strategy, your business can save costs and continue driving growth in the post-tax landscape. So gear up today to stay problem-free tomorrow!


How do I know my tax amount?

Your actual tax liability will depend on your annual profits and industry. The standard UAE corporate tax rate is a flat 9%. But certain sectors like natural gas and petroleum have 0% tax.  

When will my business need to file taxes?

If you have a calendar year accounting period, you must file annually by June 30. You will also have quarterly filings due on the 15th day after each quarter ends.    

Can my business get any tax relief?

Yes, certain activities like R&D and investment in new assets have tax deductions. There are also incentives for hiring Emiratis and operating from less developed regions. Check with regulators for exemptions and rebates you can claim.



Ms. Vibha Modi, CA, is supported by 13+ Years of Corporate Tax, International Taxation and Accounting Expertise.

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