Private taxes

Great news, the UAE does not levy income tax on individuals. However, depending on where you come from, there will be different rules as to how you gain the advantages of tax-free Dubai. Our experience is that this can be a jungle and can potentially cost a lot of money, if you register yourself wrong in your home country. So, make sure you do your due diligence before leaving or with a local agent in UAE specializing in international taxation.

Company taxes

Be aware, that even though you are tax fee as a private person, your company does not necessarily have the same advantages. UAE levies corporate tax on oil companies and foreign banks. Excise tax is levied on specific goods which are typically harmful to human health or the environment. Value Added Tax is levied on a majority of goods and services. 

If you are in doubt about the tax rules you can find updated information on the official site of Federal Tax Authority

H2L Tip: Seek professional guidance if you are not sure how to register right. One mistake might cost you both time and lots of money.

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