The Economic Substance Regulations (ESR) were introduced in the UAE on 30 April 2019 pursuant to the Cabinet of Ministers Resolution No.31 of 2019 (“Regulations”). Following this, guidance on the application of these regulations was also introduced as per the Ministerial Decision No. 215 of 2019. As per the regulations, the UAE-based businesses that carry out the relevant activities listed in the guidance are required to demonstrate adequate economic presence by meeting the UAE economic substance test. The regulations mandate that the companies need to notify and submit an annual UAE economic substance report to the regulatory authorities if they are carrying out the relevant activities
The companies need to submit an annual report to the Regulatory Authority every year to demonstrate if they are carrying out the relevant activity. It is mandatory to provide details of the activity, income, expenses, and assets that declare whether the UAE economic substance test is fulfilled. The companies need to submit the report to the Authority within 12 months of the end of each financial year.
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