DIEZ corporate tax seminar: Report

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Published: Wed 8 Mar 2023, 5:47 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Mar 2023, 5:49 PM

On March 8, Dubai Integrated Economic Zone (DIEZ) and Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) companies congregated at Dubai Silicon Oasis headquarters for a corporate tax awareness seminar. Among the key note speakers was Alaa Farahat, a seasoned tax partner of Farahat & Co. who addressed the congregates’ questions and queries related to corporate tax. DIEZ and DSO taxable persons were advised to start planning for corporate tax as the corporate tax law comes into effect on June 1.

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To address key corporate tax questions, tax experts delivered that corporate tax is imposed on taxable income earned by a taxable person in a tax period. Further, it was submitted that the starting point for calculating taxable income is the taxable person’s accounting income (i.e. net profit or loss before tax) as per their financial statements. Hence, taxable persons would be required to make certain adjustments to determine their taxable income for the relevant tax period. For instance, adjustments to accounting income may need to be made for income that is exempt from corporate tax and for expenditure that is wholly or partially non-deductible for corporate tax purposes.

Subsequently, it was explained that in principle, all legitimate business expenses incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of deriving taxable Income will be deductible. However, certain expenses which are deductible under general accounting rules may not be fully deductible for corporate tax purposes. These will need to be added back to the accounting income for the purposes of determining the taxable income.

Among the key corporate tax questions, tax groups were defined as two or more taxable persons who meet certain conditions for forming a ‘tax group’ and can be treated as a single taxable person for corporate tax purposes. Therefore, to form a tax group, both the parent company and its subsidiaries must be resident juridical persons, have the same financial year and prepare their financial statements using the same accounting standards and the parent company must meet the following:

I. Own at least 95 per cent of the share capital of the subsidiary;

II. Hold at least 95 per cent of the voting rights in the subsidiary; and

III. Is entitled to at least 95 per cent of the subsidiary’s profits and net assets

To cap the extensive tax awareness, all taxable persons (including free zone persons) were urged to register for corporate tax and obtain a corporate tax registration number. It was further hinted that taxable persons would be required to file a corporate tax return for each tax period within nine months from the end of the relevant period, to which the deadline would generally apply for the payment of any corporate tax due in respect of the tax period for which a return is filed. To learn more about the UAE corporate tax’s implementation, please contact a tax consultant.

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