Late Registration Penalties in UAE Corporate Tax 

Gauri Sachan | Updated on: March 19, 2024

In the recent update a new Dh10,000 penalty has been announced by the Ministry of Finance on 27th February 2024 for late Corporate Tax registration that will be implemented from March 1st 2024. 

As per the UAE Corporate Tax Laws, in order to get a Tax Registration Number (TRN), it is mandatory that all Taxable Persons and specific types of Exempt Persons (such as Qualifying Public Benefit entities and Qualifying Investment Funds) register for Corporate Tax (CT) with the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) within the stipulated deadline. Failure to register for the Corporate Tax can incur severe legal consequences as well as a hefty fine. 

Corporate Tax registration timeline 

Federal Tax Authority(FTA) has made it compulsory for the Taxable Persons liable to register for Corporate Tax by certain deadlines to avoid breaking any tax rules. The law went into effect in June of last year and is applicable to Tax Periods beginning on or after June 1, 2023. The new FTA Decision, that went live on March 1, 2024, establishes deadlines for natural and juridical persons that are either resident or non-resident entities to apply for registration for corporate tax. 

Month of License Issuance 

The year the license was issued is irrelevant 

Deadline to apply for Corporate Tax Registration 

January or February 

May 31, 2024 

March or April 

June 30, 2024 


July 31, 2024 


August 31, 2024 


September 30, 2024 

August or September 

31 October 2024 

October or November 

30 November 2024 


31 December 2024 


How to register for corporate tax? 

The UAE CT Law mandates that all Taxable Persons and specific types of Exempt Persons (such as Qualifying Public Benefit entities and Qualifying Investment Funds) register for Corporate Tax (CT) with the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) to obtain a Tax Registration Number (TRN). 
The deadlines for seeking for exemption for specific categories of Exempt Persons under the UAE CT Law and for acquiring CT registration were previously outlined in Decision No. 7 of 2023, which was issued by the FTA. 
how to register for corporate tax?

Penalty on late registration 

The purpose of the penalty was to incentivize taxpayers to adhere to tax laws and timely register. The excise tax and value added tax penalties for late registration are correlated with the penalty amount for late tax registration 

Cabinet Decision of 2024, which was made public on 27th February 2024, the Cabinet Decision of 2023's schedule of infractions and administrative fines.  
The latter detailed the administrative penalties that would be levied for infractions pertaining to the execution of the Corporate Tax Law by the Federal Tax Authority (FTA). These fines become operative on August 1, 2023. On March 1, 2024, the Cabinet decision will take effect. Hence, an administrative penalty of Dh 10,000 will be imposed for late corporate tax registration on businesses that don’t submit the corporate tax applications within the due date directed by the Federal Tax Authority. 

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