A transfer pricing regulation will be part of UAE Corporate Tax Law, containing various transfer pricing methods, extensive annual documentation, and hefty penalties for non-compliance. UAE businesses will need to comply with transfer pricing rules and documentation requirements set with reference to the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines.
Corporate tax in the UAE is a form of direct tax imposed on net income or business profit. The UAE introduced this tax with the aim of strengthening the country’s position as a leading global center for business and investment, in addition to accelerating the country’s development and transformation to achieve its strategic goals and renewing its commitment to meeting international standards of transparency tax and prevent harmful tax practices.
The UAE’s ministry of finance on 31st January 2022, through a press release, announced that it will start imposing federal corporate taxes on profits from business entities within the territories starting June 1st, 2023. As stated by the ministry, this will be a move to help minimize the compliance burden imposed on UAE businesses. This will be the first time businesses will remit taxes on corporate profits after introducing the sales tax in 2018.