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July 07, 2023 - BY Admin

Unlocking the Benefits of Tax Groups

Corporate Taxation Simplified: Unlocking the Benefits of Tax Groups


Corporate taxation involves the application of tax laws to businesses and juridical persons. In most cases, each taxable person is subject to corporate tax as an independent entity. However, there are exceptions to this approach, and one such exception is the concept of a tax group. This article explores the provisions of Article 40 and Article 41, which outline the formation, operation, and cessation of tax groups for corporate tax purposes.


Article 40: Tax Group Formation and Operation


The first step in forming a tax group is to meet certain conditions outlined in Clause 1. These conditions include the requirement that the


1.              1. Parent company and subsidiaries involved are resident juridical persons,

  1. Tax grouping is available only to parent-subsidiary relationships, where all of the following conditions are met:

    a. Parent owns at least 95% shareholding of the subsidiary;
    b. Parent owns at least 95% voting rights of the subsidiary; and
    c. Parent is entitled to at least 95% of the subsidiary’s profits and net assets.

  2. Neither the parent nor the subsidiary is a Qualifying Free Zone Person;

  3. Additionally, the parent company and subsidiaries must have the same financial year and prepare their financial statements using the same accounting standards.


Once the conditions are met, the tax group is treated as a single taxable person for corporate tax purposes. This means that transactions between the members of the tax group are mostly disregarded, and the taxable income of one member can be offset against any tax loss of another member. The parent company becomes the representative member of the tax group and is responsible for settling the corporate tax payable by and on behalf of the group.


Article 41: Formation and Cessation of a Tax Group


Article 41 specifies the effective date of a tax group formation and cessation. A tax group is formed at the beginning of the tax period specified in the application submitted to the authority. However, the authority has the discretion to determine another tax period for group formation. Similarly, if a subsidiary leaves the tax group or the tax group ceases to exist, the effective date of such events is determined by the authority.


Taxable Income and Losses in a Tax Group:


Under Article 42, a consolidated taxable income is calculated for the tax group.

The parent company consolidates the financial results, assets, and liabilities of each subsidiary with its own for the relevant tax period, eliminating transactions between group members.

The corporate tax law applies to the tax group, and the taxable income threshold applies to the group as a whole.

However, there are limitations on the utilization of pre-grouping tax losses and the treatment of tax losses when a subsidiary leaves the group or the group ceases to exist.




Tax groups offer a mechanism for treating multiple resident juridical persons as a single taxable person for corporate tax purposes. By consolidating financial statements and offsetting taxable income and tax losses, tax groups can optimize tax planning and reporting within a corporate structure. Understanding the conditions, obligations, and implications of forming and operating a tax group is crucial for businesses aiming to maximize their tax efficiency and comply with corporate tax laws.