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Ministry Of Finance Issues Decision On Exception From Registration For Corporate Tax Purposes
(10 April 2023)
Ministerial Decision No. 43 of 2023 clarifieswho will be excludedfrom registering for Corporate Tax.

The Ministry of Finance has issued Ministerial Decision No. 43 of 2023 on Exception from Tax Registration for the purposes of Federal Decree-Law No. 47 of 2022 on the Taxation of Corporations and Businesses (the “Corporate Tax Law”).

The decision is issued in accordance with Article 51 of the Corporate Tax Law which requirestaxable persons to register for Corporate Tax with the Federal Tax Authority, except in certain circumstances.

The Ministerial Decision on the Exception from Tax Registration sets out who wouldbe excludedfrom registering for Corporate Tax.

Certain exempt persons such as government entities, government-controlled entities, as well as extractive businesses and non-extractive natural resource businesses that meet the necessary conditions under the Corporate Tax Law are not required to register for Corporate Tax purposes. 

A non-resident person will also not be required to register for Corporate Tax if they only earn UAE-sourced income and do not have a Permanent Establishment in the UAE.

The exception stipulated in the decision is in line with international best practices, whereby persons exempted from Corporate Tax such as the federal government, UAE government departments and authorities, other public institutions and other categories referred to above are excepted from tax registration because they are not subject to tax. Therefore, there is no need for these entities to register with the Federal Tax Authority as long as they continue to meet the exemption conditions, noted in the relevant articles of the Decree-Law.

All Cabinet Decisions and Ministerial Decisions issued relating to the Corporate Tax Law are available on the Ministry of Finance's website:

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