Tax Residency Certificate

What Is Tax Residency/Domicile Certificate

Today businesses are in Global Platforms. Cross-culture business activities are not new anymore! Trade relations definitely enhanced, but we see enterprises and individuals caught and confused in complicated tax structures. Being subject to double taxation became a misery. A document which would serve as a proof of residence was required.

The UAE Tax Residency Certificate is an official document issued by the UAE Ministry of Finance confirming that an individual or corporate entity resides in the UAE.

Authorities and banking institutions inside and outside the UAE consider the UAE Tax Residence Certificate as a sufficient proof of tax residency in the UAE.

The Certificate in UAE is issued by Ministry of Finance (MoF UAE) that permits eligible government entities, companies, and individuals to take advantage of agreements of Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA).

This Certificate protects businessmen, entrepreneurs, organizations, investors’ interests as they operate from other jurisdictions or countries and it improves the Common Reporting Standard requirements of Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Who Shall Be Eligible To Obtain TRC


Natural Person


Legal Person


    Backgroud – Why TRC?

    A Tax Residency Certificate is a requirement by OECD to prove that a business is a resident of the UAE jurisdiction. Tax residence of a Business or Individual is determined under the domestic tax laws of each jurisdiction. There might be situations where a person qualifies as a tax resident under the tax residence rules of more than one jurisdiction.

    For the purposes of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), Financial Institutions must ensure that Account Holders (or Controlling Persons) disclose all tax residences in the required certification.

    What Are RBI Schemes?

    “Residence by Investment” (RBI) schemes are being offered by a substantial number of jurisdictions and allow foreign individuals to obtain citizenship or temporary or permanent residence rights based on local investments or against a flat fee. UAE has adopted “Residence by Investment” (RBI) scheme.

    Individuals may be interested in these schemes for several legitimate reasons, including the wish to start a new business in the jurisdiction, better education, and job opportunities etc.

    Tax Residency Certificate And Common Reporting Standard

    In order to avoid the misuse of RBI Schemes and to tighten the control on taxation rules, OECD made ‘Self-Certification’ a requirement for Business or individual persons, in order to prove their residence in a country. This also allows them to take advantage of the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA).

    Financial Institutions must consider all relevant information available, including the results of the OECD’s RBI risk analysis. As a result, when, considering all relevant information, it should take appropriate measures to ascertain the tax residency(ies) of such persons. Hence, Tax Residency Certificate became the solution adopted by Financial Institution in UAE.

    Benefits Of Obtaining Tax Residency Certificate Summed Up!


    Utilization of benefits of DTAA.


    Preventing unnecessary litigations and procedures.


    Reduces working capital shortage.


    Strengthens trade relationship.


    Facilitating the exchange of information


    Fostering International Trade.

    Under the status of tax residence in the UAE, you can freely benefit from the attractive business environment, 0% income tax, and preferential tax treaty network.

    What Are the Requirements for an Individual to Obtain a Tax Residence Certificate?

    ➤ Emirates ID Copy

    Passport Copy

    Residency Copy

    Source of Income

    Official Bank statement

    Immigration Report of Residency

    What Are the Requirements for Companies to Obtain a Tax Residence Certificate?

    ➤ Trade License copy

    Authorized Signatory’s Passport copy

    Audited Financial Statements

    Official Bank Statement

    Certified Tenancy Contract

    Memorandum Of Association or any other relevant document

    Remember –Tax Authorities only care about the facts. And for you/your entity’s residence, the Tax Residency Certificate is the ultimate proof in UAE!

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