Tax Residency Certificate UAE

What is a Tax Residency Certificate (TRC)?

Tax Residence Certificate (TRC), referred to the certificate that is issued by the UAE Federal Tax Authority (FTA) to a company operating in the UAE to establish tax residency and allow it to get benefit from the double taxation avoidance agreements. The certificate – also titled tax domicile certificate in UAE, is for individuals having residence in the UAE, an organization, or a legal entity.
Any company operating on the mainland or in a Freezone that has been active in the UAE for at least a year is eligible for The Tax Residency Certificate. However, Offshore companies are ineligible for this and must receive a tax exemption certificate instead of the Tax Residency Certificate.
Also, individuals who have resided in the UAE for at least 180 days are eligible for The Tax Residency Certificate. This is especially beneficial for individuals whose mother countries do not have a double taxation agreement with the UAE, the individuals must have a valid UAE resident visa for more than 180 days to apply.

Requirements for a company to get Tax Residency Certificate (TRC)

Requirements for an individual to get Tax Domicile Certificate (TDC)

Process of obtaining the Tax Residency Certificate

UAE Tax Residency Certificate timeframe

  • Pre-approval process: 4 to 5 working days for the UAE Federal Tax Authority approval and confirmation that all uploaded documents are correct, after completing the application form and uploading all required documents.
  • Certificate issue process: 5 working days after the UAE Federal Tax Authority approval and confirmation, and after the application fees payment.
  • Validity of Certificate: The Tax Residency Certificate / Tax Domicile Certificate has a validity period of 1 year, and can then be renewed annually, subject to resubmission and renewal process.

Benefits of UAE Tax Residency Certificate

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