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Registration of Tax Agency
Page last updated:: Wednesday, February 01, 2023
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  • Type

    Registration

  • Service Category

    From Government to Business, From Government to People

  • Service Channels

  • Obligation to Sign-up

    Applicable.

  • Categories of Customers

    All legal persons licensed by the competent licensing entity as a tax agency in the UAE.

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Registration of Tax Agency
  • Service Description
    Use this service to register as a Tax Agency with the FTA. A Tax Agency must be associated with at least one registered Tax Agent to operate. 
  • Channels and working hours
    •EmaraTax platform:
    24 hours a day, 7 days a week
     
  • Service Fees Details
    Free
  • Estimated Time to Submit Application
    45 Minutes.
  • Estimated Time to Complete Application by the FTA
    Generally, estimated time to complete the application by the FTA is 20 business days from the date the completed application was received. However, in case where any additional information is needed FTA may take additional time to process the application. The applicant needs to provide the additional information and re-submit the application. It may take the FTA a further 20 business days to respond to the updated application. If the application is not resubmitted within 60 calendar days from the date you received the notification from FTA, the application will be auto rejected.
  • Required Documents and Forms
    Required documents:
    It will be necessary for you to prepare the following information in an appropriate format and include it in your online application:
    Business or Trade license that allows the applicant to operate as a Tax Agency (usually issued by the Department of Economic Development, “DED”)
    Certificate of incorporation 
    Professional Indemnity Insurance in respect of your Tax Agency Business
    It is not mandatory for you to upload extra information if you have already provided us with a valid UAE Trade License and/or Certificate of Incorporation.
    Depending on the basis on which you are registering, other relevant documents may include: 
    Articles of Association 
    Partnership Agreement
    Similar documents which show ownership information of the business 
    Club, charity or association registration documents and supporting evidence (applicable if you selected “Legal person – Club, Charity or Association”) 
    A copy of the Decree (applicable if you selected “Legal person – Federal UAE Government Entity” or “Legal person – Emirate UAE Government Entity”) 
    Other relevant documents such as documents providing information about your organization, including its activities and size (applicable if you selected “Legal person – Other”) 
    A scanned copy of the Emirates ID of the owner or a scanned copy of the passport of the owner (applicable if you selected “Natural person – Other”)
    Accepted file types are PDF, JPG, PNG, Excel and JPEG. The individual file size limit is 5 MB.
    Required forms: n/a
  • Procedures and Steps
    Step 1 - Please check the eligibly criteria, required documents, and Frequently Asked Questions.
    Step 2 - Complete the online application and submit. 
    Note: The Tax Agency Number (TAN) and Tax Agency registration certificate will be issued only after you are linked to at least one registered Tax Agent
     
  • FAQs
    1. What is a Tax Agency?
    A Tax Agency is a legal entity which is licensed to operate as a Tax Agency and has registered with the FTA as a Tax Agency. 
    Once registered, a Tax Agency can operate provided that it has at least one registered Tax Agent associated with it.

    2. What is a Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII)?
    Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII), which can also be known as Errors and Omissions [E&O] insurance, is a form of liability insurance that helps protect individuals who provide professional advice and services from incurring legal and other costs (such as damages awarded in a civil lawsuit) as a result of a negligence claim raised by a client. In practice, PII is usually arranged by the Tax Agencies (the umbrella company where the tax practice is carried out) rather than by the Tax Agent. Hence, the FTA does not require you to submit your PII contract at the time you apply for registration. You will be requested to provide this information each time you apply to link a registered Tax Agent.

    3. What is the concept of a Tax Agent?
    The concept of Tax Agent is to help businesses to be compliant in respect of their tax obligations:
    A person is allowed to appoint another person(s) as its Tax Agent(s) to act in his name and on his behalf with regards to his tax affairs with the Federal Tax Authority (FTA). 
    A Tax Agent assists the person in the fulfilment of his tax obligations and the exercise of his associated tax rights.

    4. Who engages a Tax Agent?
    A Tax Agent is usually engaged by his or her clients through the Tax Agency with which he or she is associated in order to provide tax related services which could include: 
    Helping the businesses register with the FTA;
    Preparing and submitting tax returns to the FTA on behalf of the businesses; 
    Maintaining tax related records and/or information; 
    Enquiring about tax related matters with the FTA; and 
    Submitting requests for reconsideration of decisions issued by the FTA

    5. Who can submit the Tax Agency registration application?
    The application can be submitted by you (applicant). 

    6. Can I save the application as a draft to be updated later? If yes, for how long?
    Yes, you can save the in-progress application (as a draft) and complete it at a later point in time. However, if you do not submit your application within 60 calendar days of initiating it, your application will be automatically cancelled. There will be reminder notifications sent to your registered email address/verified mobile number.

    7. What will happen once the application is submitted to the FTA?
    1. Processing your application:
    a) Your application will now be reviewed by us. If we require more information to assist with our review, we will contact you by email. You will need to provide the information requested for us to continue processing your application. 
    b) Once we have completed our review, we will either approve or, in some cases, may have to reject the application. We will notify you by email of our decision.
    c) Where we reject an application, we will provide you with the reasons for doing so. You may re-apply but only once you have resolved the matters brought to your attention.
    2. Tax Agency “To Whom It May Concern” letter :
    a) Once the FTA approves your application, You will be issued a “Tax Agency To Whom It May Concern” letter and notified via email and SMS. You can download this letter from your EmaraTax account. Please note that this is only a provisional Tax Agency registration, and you cannot operate as a Tax Agency at this stage.
    3. Tax Agency registration certificate:
    a) You should apply to the FTA requesting to registered Tax Agent you wish to link to your Tax Agency. Once the request to link to the Tax Agent is sent to the FTA, the FTA will review this. If the FTA approves the linkage, your Tax Agency Number (TAN) will be issued, and the Tax Agent will be linked to your Tax Agency. A Tax Agency registration certificate will be issued by us and notified to you via email and SMS. You can download this letter from your EmaraTax account. The linked Tax Agent along with your Tax Agency details will be listed in the FTA Tax Agent Register and published in the FTA website (http://www.tax.gov.ae)
     Important Notes:
    1. The status of your application will be updated in the dashboard of your taxpayer portal. You can check it at any time by log in to your taxpayer portal. 
    2. The Tax Agency “to whom It May Concern letter” does not grant you to operate as a Tax Agency. Your Tax Agency must be associated with at least one registered Tax Agent to operate. 

    8. What is the estimated time to complete application review by the FTA?
    Generally, estimated time to complete the application by the FTA is 20 business days from the date the completed application was received. However, in case where any additional information is needed FTA may take additional time to process the application. The applicant needs to provide the additional information and re-submit the application. It may take the FTA a further 20 business days to respond to the updated application. If the application is not resubmitted within 60 calendar days from the date you received the notification from FTA, the application will be auto rejected.

    9. How to check the status of the submitted application with the FTA?
    To review the status of your submitted application, click on the dashboard tab and look next to Status:
    Drafted: You have not completed or submitted the application form
    In Review: Your application form has been received by FTA and is under processing
    Awaiting Information: You need to provide additional information to the FTA
    Rejected: Your application form has been rejected by the FTA
    Awaiting Tax Agent Linking  - Your application form has been provisionally approved by the FTA and awaiting a Tax Agent to be linked

    10. Where in EmaraTax account to check the correspondences/notifications sent by the FTA?
    The correspondences/notifications sent to your registered email address/mobile can be found in the "My Correspondences" section in your EmaraTax account.
  • Terms & Conditions
    The information given below is intended to help determine your eligibility to apply for this service:

    You are a legal entity having a trade license to operate as a Tax Agency

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