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The UAE does not have any enforced federal income tax legislation for general business. An income tax decree has been enacted by each Emirate, but in practice, the enforcement of these decrees is restricted to foreign banks and to oil companies. This practice is not likely to change in the near future as the relevant mechanisms with which to implement the tax decrees have not yet been established. The decrees indicate, however, that if taxation were enforced, taxes could be imposed retroactively.

Foreign banks are taxed at 20% of their taxable income in the Emirates of Abu-Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. The tax is restricted to the taxable income which is earned or deemed to be earned in that particular emirate. Oil companies (which include any chargeable person that deals in oil or right to oil both off-shore and on-shore) pay a flat rate of 55% on their taxable income in Dubai and 50% in Sharjah. In addition, they pay royalties on production. A number of tax-free trade areas exist aimed at stimulating commercial activities.

Municipal taxes are levied in most Emirates on annual rental paid at 5% for residential premises and 10% for commercial premises.

Personal incomes, including all forms of salary and capital gains wherever arising, are not subject to taxation in any of the Emirates. However, do note that the citizens of some countries – most notably the US - are liable to taxation on their worldwide income.

 

 
 


 


 


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