Tax Residency Certificate

The UAE has transitioned itself into a broad economy that attracts investment from all over the world in a relatively short amount of time. They’ve earned a reputation as a worldwide financial hub that embraces cutting-edge technology, as well as becoming a popular tourist location and global financial hub. The UAE’s generous tax climate is one of the numerous advantages that lure firms to the country. The great majority of enterprises that have their headquarters in the UAE are tax-free. Acquiring a tax residency certificate in UAE as part of the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAA) guarantees that the same taxpayer is not taxed twice in two different nations.

What is a Tax Residency Certificate?

Tax residency certificate, also known as Tax domicile certificate, is issued by Federal Tax Authority as per the provisions of avoidance of double taxation agreements. The certificate is valid for a year and is issued to individuals as well as companies. Companies or individuals must have a Tax Residency Certificate (TRC), in order to take advantage of the UAE’s double taxation avoidance agreements.

Eligibility for Tax Residency Certificate

People who live in the UAE and own mainland or free zone businesses are eligible to apply for a Tax Residency Certificate. Since offshore businesses may not have a physical presence in the UAE, they could be ineligible to request a tax residency certificate.

Tax Residency Certificate Objectives

Documents Required

Tax Residency Certificate for Individuals

A person applying for the Tax residency certificate in UAE(TRC) should have stayed in the UAE for at least 180 days; non-residents cannot apply.

Tax Residency Certificate for Company

If a company needs to apply for Tax residency certificate (TRC), then they should have functioned in the UAE for minimum one year.

Procedure Involved in Acquiring Tax Residency Certificate

Upon verification of the application and the documents, an email will be sent to the applicant, provided the criteria are met. Following this, fee payment will have to be done and the applicant will receive the certificate via express courier.

Days to Take Tax Residency Certificate

Change of Authority in issuing the Tax Residency Certificate

The Ministry of Finance was responsible for the issuance of tax residency certificate in UAE till November, 2020. It was then changed to Federal Tax authority as per the Cabinet Decision No. 65 of 2020. If you wish to avail tax domicile certificate in UAE or if you have any query related to it, contact Al Khat Al Aali Businessman Services. We have been in the field for quite a long time and have helped numerous clients obtain tax residency certificate.


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