Economic Substance Regulations UAE
Economic Substance Regulations in the UAE
Economic Substance Regulations in the UAE.As part of the UAE’s commitment as a member of the OECD Inclusive Framework, and in response to an assessment of the UAE’s tax framework by the European Union Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation, the UAE issued Economic Substance Regulations (Cabinet of Ministers Resolution No. 31 of 2019), (the “Regulations”) on 30 April 2019.
In August 2020 amendments were introduced to Resolution 31 by the Cabinet Ministers by way of Cabinet of ministers Resolution No. 57 of 2020, which repealed and replaced Resolution 31. This will complement the VAT in the UAE. The (Federal Tax Authority) FTA is taking a pragmatic approach when assessing whether a Licensee has met the Economic Substance Test.
The impacted corporate structures:
The Regulations require UAE onshore and free zone companies and certain other business forms that carry out any of the defined “Relevant Activities” listed below to maintain and demonstrate an adequate “economic presence” in the UAE relative to the activities they undertake (“Economic Substance Test”).
What are the relevant activities?
- Banking Business
- Insurance Business
- Investment Fund Management Business
- Lease – Finance Business
- Headquarters Business
- Shipping Business
- Holding Company Business
- Intellectual property Business (“IP”)
- Distribution and Service Centre Business
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Failure to comply with the Regulations can result in penalties, spontaneous exchange of information with the Foreign Competent Authority (as defined in Article 1 of the Regulations), as well as other administrative sanctions such as the suspension, revocation, or non-renewal of the entity’s trade license or permit.
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