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UAE tax residency certificates in 45 minutes

Tax residents can acquire Tax Residency Certificates (TRCs) in 45 minutes and take advantage of Double Tax Avoidance Agreements (DTAA) that the UAE has negotiated with several countries.

Tax residents are people who stay in the UAE for 183 or more days out of the year.

The Federal Tax Authority website stated that applying takes roughly 45 minutes. The TRC is valid for one year from the beginning of the financial year indicated by the applicant.

According to the Ministry of Finance, the standards for determining tax residency were recently clarified.

For instance, tax residents do not need to own a permanent residence, but “such [a] place must be continuously available to them.”

While calculating the 183-day threshold, all days or parts of a day wherein an individual is physically present in the UAE will be considered.

Experts have highlighted the country’s very straightforward domestic tax residency regime. It is designed to ensure that individuals who live and work in the UAE are subject to fair and equitable taxation. TRCs will help ensure that residents of the UAE are not subject to double taxation.

How to get a UAE tax residency certificate?

— Create an account on the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) website.
— Click on the ‘Services’ tab.
— In the drop-down menu, click on ‘Certificates.’
— Click on ‘Request for Tax Residency Certificate.’
— On the application form, fill in all the details (name, Emirates ID number, tax registration number, contact details, etc.).
— Upload all required documents (copies of passport, Emirates ID, tenancy contract, utility bill, etc.).
— Double-check all the details in the application and click on ‘Submit.’
— A processing fee will be charged on the payment gateway.
— FTA will review your application after receiving it. The individual will be issued a TRC upon approval in a few days.
— The UAE tax residency certificate will be provided via email and available for download on the individual’s FTA account.

How much does a UAE tax residency certificate cost?

— For submission: Dh50
— For all tax registrants: Dh500
— For non-tax registrant natural persons: Dh1,000
— For non-tax registrant legal persons: Dh1,750

KD/Expat Media

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