United Arab Emirates

Corporate - Tax administration

Last reviewed - 31 July 2020

The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) is responsible for the management, collection, and implementation of federal taxes (e.g. VAT) and related penalties, the distribution of tax revenues, and the application of tax laws.

The Tax Procedure Law and related Cabinet Decisions govern general tax compliance obligations, the procedure for tax audits, how to appeal assessments or decisions, the disclosure of errors, administrative penalties, as well as fees for services provided by the FTA.

Most companies established or operating in the United Arab Emirates (except for upstream oil and gas companies and branches of foreign banks) are currently not required to file CIT returns in the United Arab Emirates.