The UAE does not levy income tax on individuals. However, it 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.
The UAE government implemented value added tax (VAT) in the country from January 1, 2018 at a standard rate of 5%
In an era of globalization, businesses are no longer restricted to a single geographical territory and are spread across the globe. As total income is contributed by different countries, each country wishes to tax the global income of its residents and the profits earned on its land. In order to curb double taxation and ensure that the business owners are not paying tax for the same income twice, countries like UAE have entered into Double Tax Avoidance Agreement (DTAA). Once DTAA is signed between two countries, it mandates tax authority to produce a tax residence certificate, which helps investors, individual residents claim the treaty benefits.
The United Arab Emirates has 94 agreements in place with other countries to avoid double taxation on overseas investments.