Corporate Tax Registration Deadlines Rates and Exemptions Dubai UAE


The business landscape in the UAE undergoes significant changes with the recent updates to UAE Corporate Tax registration deadlines. Effective March 1, companies operating in the region must adhere to revised timelines, with potential penalties of Dh10,000 ($2,722) for non-compliance. This article provides a detailed overview of the updated deadlines, tax rates, exemptions, and procedural aspects essential for ensuring compliance with the UAE’s Corporate Tax regulations.

Updated Registration Deadlines: An Overview

Following the recent decision by the Federal Tax Authority (FTA), resident companies incorporated or established in the UAE before March 1 are subject to specific deadlines for UAE Corporate Tax registration this year. The deadlines are outlined based on the month of license issuance:

Detailed UAE Corporate Tax Registration Deadlines for Resident Companies Established Before March 1:

Month of License Issuance year
the license was issued is irrelevant
Deadline to apply for Corporate
Tax Registration
January or February May 31, 2024
March or April June 30, 2024
May July 31, 2024
June August 31, 2024
July September 30, 2024
August or September 31 October 2024
October or November 30 November 2024
December 31 December 2024

For companies with multiple licenses, the FTA advises considering the “prior issued license” to determine the registration timeframe. Additionally:

Businesses established on or after March 1, including those in free zones, must register for UAE Corporate Tax within three months of incorporation, establishment, or recognition. Overseas companies operating in the UAE before March must apply for UAE Corporate Tax registration within nine months from commencing operations. Companies relocating to the UAE and starting operations on or after March 1 must register within six months.

Application deadline for overseas-based companies: May 31, 2024.

Tax Rates and Thresholds:

The UAE introduces a federal corporate tax with a standard statutory rate of 9%, applicable from the financial year beginning on or after June 1, 2023. Companies with taxable profits exceeding Dh375,000 ($102,110) fall within the taxable bracket, while those below this threshold are subject to a zero percent tax rate. Moreover, business owners are liable for UAE Corporate Tax only if their annual turnover exceeds Dh1 million, ensuring equitable taxation.

Exemptions and Strategic Sectors:

Understanding exemptions is vital, especially for businesses in strategic sectors. Entities such as government entities, government-controlled entities, public benefit entities, investment funds, and pension or social security funds are exempt from UAE Corporate Tax. Detailed explanations for exemptions, including new ministerial decisions issued in May, are provided by the UAE Ministry of Finance.

Registration Process:

Businesses subject to corporate tax must register and obtain a tax registration number, typically submitted to the Federal Tax Authority. Taxable businesses must file tax returns no later than nine months after their financial year’s end. Parent companies of tax groups can file a single tax return for the entire group. The FTA may also request certain exempt persons to register for corporate tax.

Comparative Analysis of UAE’s Corporate Tax Globally:

The UAE’s competitive advantage is evident when comparing its standard statutory corporate tax rate of 9% to other global financial centers. With an average top corporate tax rate of 21.3% in EU countries, 23.04% in OECD countries, and 26.7% in the G7, the UAE’s 9% rate positions it attractively on the global stage. The decreasing trend in corporate tax rates over the past four decades, according to Tax Foundation data, highlights the UAE’s strategic approach to fostering economic growth.


Navigating UAE corporate tax requires a thorough understanding of registration deadlines, tax rates, exemptions, and procedural intricacies. Stay informed, utilize the expertise of VATBOX Tax Agency, and ensure your business not only complies with regulations but also maximizes opportunities in the dynamic UAE market.

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