UAE Tax Rates 2021Last partial update, March 2021
Personal Income TaxThere is no tax on individuals.
Corporate Income TaxBranches of foreign banks pay 20%.
Oil and gas companies pay up to 55%.
Other companies pay no tax.
Foreign investors can hold up to 49% of the share capital in UAE mainland companies.
In companies located in free trade zones foreign holding of 100% is alloed.
Free Trade Zones, FTZIn the UAE there are more than 45 free trade zones with their specific regulations.
FTZ offer tax holidays of 10-50 years.
In certain FTZ there is also an exemption from customs duties.
Capital GainsThere is no tax on capital gains for both individuals and companies.
Offset of lossesBanking companies can carry forward losses for two years, Other companies can carry losses forward indefinitely.
Carryback is not allowed.
UAE Social SecurityThe contributions by the employer and the employee are subject to ceiling defined by law.
Employers- pay 12.5%.
Employees –pay 5%.
In the Emirate of Abu Dhabi the rates are:
The tax is withheld by the employer.
Other Tax IssuesDividend - NA
Withholding Tax – NA
Anti Avoidance Rules - NA
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