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Are You Ready For 2023s Corporate Income Tax Changes?

Back in January, the Ministry of Finance unveiled a new corporate tax structure, slated to get underway starting June 1st, 2023. While you still have quite a way to go in preparing for these changes, it’s important to make sure that you’re building an awareness of what’s to come.

 That’s what this blog is for! Today, we’re going to take a quick look at these new tax initiatives in order to give you a clearer idea of what they’re all about.

What Are These New Tax Laws All About?

Dubai’s new corporate tax system took headlines by storm when they were first announced, and for good reason! Dubai had long been an ideal getaway from corporate income taxes. Thankfully, the new system is not as oppressive as many have feared. At an income tax rate of only 9%, it’s still one of the lowest rates in the region.

 This means that while it will still cut into your bottom line, it’s going to be a marked improvement over many business hubs across the globe.

How Does The New Corporate Income Tax System Work?

It’s actually pretty simple. The system will operate on a tiered basis, affecting different categories of businesses differently. For example, the smallest businesses with a turnover that falls under the AED 375,000 threshold will continue to be subject to the current rate of zero. That means that if you fall in this category, there isn’t much to concern yourself with.

 However, the next tier of businesses—any business with a turnover exceeding that target amount—will be subject to the new rate of 9%.

Finally, there is one special class of business—multinational businesses falling under the BEPS framework—that will be subject to the special rates outlined in the BEPS itself.

 Additionally, it’s important to note that not all businesses will be subject to the new corporate income tax rate. Businesses registered in free trade zones that comply with existing regulations, as well as those in the natural resource extraction industry, will be exempt from this new 9% rate. That means that if you find yourself in either of these two categories, it’s going to be important to verify that you comply with all the current regulations to avoid being imposed with the new tax.

A Big Change For The UAE

 The new corporate tax initiative is a big change for the country, and many businesses are understandably still a little bit confused. Today’s article was designed to give you a little bit of clarity into the looming changes, and remind you to get started on your preparations for tax compliance if you haven’t done so yet!


If you have any questions, we’re always happy to help!

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