Tax Resident Certificate


First of all, we must provide a definition of a Tax resident certificate (sometimes also referred to as tax domicile). The meaning of this document is as follows: a tax liability is a set of rules that determine the amount and type of taxes that must be paid in the country where the person lives, or a legal entity is registered.

A tax resident certificate / tax domicile in Dubai, the UAE is a document confirming the legal tax status of a business (company) or an individual, that is, the fact that this person makes a profit in the country and pays local budget taxes.

Key Issues for Certificate Acquisition
+ Why do I need a certificate

A certificate issued to benefit from the avoidance of double taxation agreements concluded by the State.

+ Double taxation

A double taxation avoidance treaty is an agreement signed by two countries to avoid double taxation. Thus, individuals and entrepreneurs can pay taxes at a reduced rate or be fully exempted from them.

The United Arab Emirates signed double taxation avoidance agreements with 115 countries, ahead of countries such as Ireland, Singapore and Luxembourg.

+ Who is issued a certificate

Tax resident certificate may be issued to both individuals and legal entities after fulfilling certain conditions.

Tax Domicile Certificate is issued directly by the Ministry of Finance of the United Arab Emirates

Tax Domicile Certificate valid for one year from the date of issue.

+ Requirements for individuals
  • The applicant must have been working in the UAE for at least one year.
  • The applicant must be currently working, as non-working individuals are not allowed to apply for this certificate
  1. Copy of the passport
  2. Copy of valid Residential ID.
  3. A certified copy of (residential) lease agreement.
  4. Source of income/Salary certificate.
  5. A validated 6-month bank statement
  6. A report from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs specifying the number of days the resident has stayed in the UAE.
+ Requirements Legal entities
  1. A copy of the trade license and partners' attachment.
  2. Establishment contract certified by official authorities (if it is not a Sole Company).
  3. A copy of the company’s owners/partners/directors' passports
  4. A copy of the company’s owners/partners/directors' IDs
  5. A copy of the company’s owners/partners/directors' permits of residence
  6. A certified copy of the audited financial accounts
  7. A validated 6-month bank statement from company bank account
  8. A certified copy of the office space lease agreement.
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