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Requirement for Filing Corporate Tax Returns in UAE

Tax Returns and related disclosures are important for the efficient administration and enforcement of the Corporate Tax regime. It specifies dates of filing, the minimum information requirements, implications for Exempt Persons and the requirements for Unincorporated Partnerships and Tax Groups. Thus, it is advisable for Taxable Persons to seek the services of Tax Consultants in UAE to effectively ensure compliance with corporate tax return filing, to which noncompliance accrues hefty fines. 

Corporate Tax Filing Periods

As per the Corporate Tax Law in UAE, Taxable Persons are required to file a Tax Return for each Tax Period, and this Tax Return must be filed no later than nine months from the end of the relevant Tax Period. For instance, the Tax Return for a Tax Period ending 31 December in Year One will need to be filed by 30 September in Year Two. The Corporate Tax statute allows the flexibility for the Authority to set a different filing due date. A Tax Return must be filed in the form issued, and in the manner prescribed, by the Authority.

Information required for Corporate Tax Filing 

Taxable Persons are required to furnish additional information to the Authority as part of their Tax Return. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • The Tax Period to which the Tax Return relates.
  • The name, address, and Tax Registration Number (a unique number issued by the Federal Tax Authority to each Taxable Person who is registered for Corporate Tax in the UAE.
  • The date of submission of the Tax Return.
  • The accounting basis used in the financial statements
  • The Taxable Income is the income that is subject to Corporate Tax for the relevant Tax Period. 
  • The amount of Tax Loss relief claimed if any.
  • The amount of Tax Loss transferred in from other group companies (ies) or transferred out to other group company(ies) if any, under the Corporate Tax Law. 
  • The amount of Withholding Tax Credit and Foreign Tax Credit. 
  • The amount of Corporate Tax Payable for the Tax Period.

Additionally, Taxable Persons have the legal obligation to provide the Authority with any information, documents or records that may be required by the Authority for the purposes of administering and enforcing the Corporate Tax Law. Such information, documents or records shall be provided as part of the Tax Return, or as and when requested by the Authority. Where the disclosure of information through the standard information reporting channel and format by a Taxable Person may impede national security or may be contrary to the public interest, the Corporate Tax Law allows the Authority to establish an alternative information disclosure mechanism for such Taxable Persons. The Authority may specify an alternative format or manner, or both, for the submission of a Tax Return or other information.

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Exempt Persons, who are exempt from Corporate Tax by way of application may be required to submit a declaration if requested by the Authority. The purpose of this requirement is to strike a balance between the Authority’s need for information to verify the continued eligibility of these Exempt Persons for tax exemption and the compliance burden on these individuals. Instead of a full-scale Tax Return, a declaration suffices.

In the case of Unincorporated Partnerships that have not applied to be treated as separate Taxable Persons, the Authority can request the authorized partner of the Unincorporated Partnership to file a declaration on behalf of all the partners. The obligation to disclose falls on the authorized partner, rather than all the partners, to minimize the compliance burden associated with the disclosure requirement while still providing the necessary information about the Unincorporated Partnership to the Authority.

For Tax Groups, where members are considered a single Taxable Person, Corporate Tax Law clarifies that the responsibility for filing the Tax Return on behalf of the Tax Group lies with the Parent Company. This aligns with the representative role of the Parent Company.

Why did you choose us?

To effectively ensure compliance with corporate tax return filing, Taxable Persons should seek the services of Tax Consultants in Dubai. Thus, contact us today and we shall be glad to assist you.  

Mostafa is a qualified Corporate Tax Consultant with over 5 years of experience gained in diverse intricate tax matters, he has high expertise in conducting tax negotiations and investigations with the Federal Tax Authority and other external Tax Bodies. He has vast experience in reviewing and drafting tax documents. Mostafa has also advised on a plethora of tax matters, he draws much attention to tax filing procedures and to offering professional investigations to underlining tax complexities. Read more