Paying Taxes in

United Arab Emirates

Below is a detailed summary of the taxes and mandatory contributions that a medium-size company must pay or withhold in a given year, as well as administrative burden in paying taxes and complying with postfiling procedures.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 190 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed on June 1, 2016 covering for the Paying Taxes indicator calendar year 2015 (January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015).

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Tax or mandatory contribution Payments (number) Notes on Payments Time (hours) Statutory tax rate Tax base Total tax rate (% of profit) Notes on TTR
Employer paid - Social security contributions 1 online 12 12.5% gross salaries 14.10
Land transfer/registration fee 1 2% payable by the buyer and the seller (total of 4%) Sale value of the transferred property (seller's share only) 1.21
Trade license renewal fee 1 Fee (AED 48,000 approximately) Varies with the activity, the size and type of the entity, number of shareholders, type of shareholders, nationality of shareholders, number of employees and the rental value of commercial premises. 0.55
Vehicle registration fee 1 AED 1,000 per vehicle 0.02
Employee paid - Social security contributions 0 jointly 5% gross salaries 0.00 withheld
Totals: 4 12 15.9
  • Answer
    Profit tax (% of profit) 0.0
    Labor tax and contributions (% of profit) 14.1
    Other taxes (% of profit) 1.8
    Answer Score
    Postfiling index (0-100)
    VAT refunds N/A
    Does VAT/GST exist? No
    Frequency of VAT/GST refund submission N/A
    Does a VAT/GST refund process exist per the case study? N/A
    Restrictions on VAT refund process N/A
    Likelihood of VAT audit N/A
    Time to comply with VAT refund (hours) N/A No VAT
    Time to obtain a VAT refund (weeks) N/A No VAT
    Corporate income tax audits N/A
    Does corporate income tax exist? No
    Likelihood of corporate income tax audit N/A
    Time to comply with a corporate income tax audit (hours) N/A No CIT
    Time to complete a corporate income tax audit (weeks) N/A No CIT
    Administrative appeal process
    First level administrative appeal authority N/A
    Is the appeal authority independent? N/A
    Are appeal guidelines accessible to the public? N/A
    Source of appeal guidelines N/A
    Is there a legal time limit for the appeal authority to issue a decision on the tax appeal? N/A
    Legal time limit N/A


Name of taxes have been standardized. For instance income tax, profit tax, tax on company's income are all named corporate income tax in this table.

The hours for VAT include all the VAT and sales taxes applicable.

The hours for Social Security include all the hours for labor taxes and mandatory contributions in general.

The postfiling index is the average of the scores on time to comply with VAT refund, time to obtain a VAT refund, time to comply with a corporate income tax audit and time to complete a corporate income tax audit.

N/A = Not applicable.