ESR Service in UAE.
In 2019, the UAE made some new rules called the Economic Substance Regulations (ESR). They made these rules because the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) were worried about companies not playing fair with taxes. These rules say that businesses should do important economic stuff in the places where they work.
The primary objective of the ESR is to ensure that entities registered in the UAE that conduct certain relevant activities have a genuine economic presence in the country. The regulations require these entities to demonstrate that they carry out substantial economic activities within the UAE in accordance with the Economic Substance Test.
The Relevant Activities under the ESR include banking, insurance, investment fund management, lease-finance, headquarters, shipping, holding company, intellectual property, and distribution and service center businesses.
Entities engaged in these Relevant Activities must meet specific economic substance requirements, which may include having adequate physical presence, conducting core income-generating activities locally, and employing sufficient qualified personnel within the UAE.
Additionally, these entities are required to submit annual economic substance reports to the relevant regulatory authorities. The reports provide details of their activities, income, expenses, and any other information necessary to demonstrate compliance with the ESR.
Non-compliance with the Economic Substance Regulations can result in penalties and other sanctions, potentially affecting the reputation and operations of the non-compliant entities.
At Al Wahat Accounts and Internal Auditing Services, we offer comprehensive support and guidance to businesses in the UAE to ensure compliance with the Economic Substance Regulations. Our expert team can assist in understanding the regulatory requirements, developing a customized compliance plan and preparing and submitting the necessary reports to meet the ESR obligations effectively and in a timely manner.