Anatomy of Related Parties in a Tax Group
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Jul 2020

A business entity is entitled to pay tax at the end of the financial year. The region of UAE has implemented the concept of VAT on 1st Jan 2018, wherein the business entities are entitled to pay the VAT at 5 percent. Now, many at times it becomes difficult for the business entities to cope up with the tax proceedings, and non-payment of the same would lead to multiple penalties. To avoid such uncertain circumstances, the Emirati government has introduced the concept of a VAT group, which is a merging of two or more business entities with a common goal to divide the appropriate tax amount. However, the partners (or) related parties in a tax group needs to hold specific parameters.

This guide highlights the essential parameters that a business entity needs to hold to become a part of the Tax Group. If you are a business owner or investor and is concerned regarding paying the annual taxes, then you can proceed ahead with the tax-group option. However, this guide highlights the eligibility criteria that you can look forward to matching with your business entity. Before moving ahead, let’s start by understanding the basics.

What are Related Parties in a Tax Group?

In the business language, a tax-group is a collection of two or more entities that join together to minimize the tax-load at the end of the financial year, as the group of companies is entitled as one company. To proceed towards forming a tax-group, there are multiple steps that need to be taken to amend a tax-group.

Conditions for the Tax Group Parties

Any person or who is acting in the partnership should have any of the following:

Voting Rights:

  • 50% of the voting interests or more
  • 50% of the market value interest
  • Each of the persons is related to a third person

Economic Practices:

  • They should have a standard commercial objective
  • One business entity must benefit the other business
  • Supply of goods or services by different companies to the same customer

Financial Practices:

  • One company must provide financial assistance to the other
  • One company is not financially viable without other
  • Common financial interest in the proceeds

Regulatory Practices:

  • Common management proceedings
  • Common employees whether or not jointly employed
  • Common shareholders or economic ownership

It can be seen that getting involved in the tax group proceedings helps a business entity to share the tax burden. However, getting qualified to become a member of the tax-group involves various parameters, which need to be sorted through the documentation process, and a minor error might abort the complete process. Therefore, it is advised to proceed ahead with the professional experts as they are well-versed with the government rules and tax=group proceedings.

Why to Avail Professional Tax Services

Business owners who are not well-equipped with the relevant tax proceedings prefer to proceed ahead with the professional services as they can gain the following benefits at ease:

  • Tax-group documentation process gets handled
  • Appropriate tasks are carried out at a faster pace
  • VAT Return filing process is well-identified
  • Any errors in the accounting and bookkeeping records get highlighted
  • Experts can provide better solutions
  • The market insights can be known easily

How Can We Help?

JAXA Chartered Accountants has been serving as one of the top tax advisors in the UAE, who has been helping numerous business investors to clear their business books. We understand the emergence of maintaining sorted business records, that paves out a way for the company to grow. Our tax experts are well-versed with the required proceedings and can help you to carry out the required process at ease. If you hold any query or want to proceed ahead with the tax group process, do have a word with our advisors to get an in-depth knowledge. Contact us today-we’d be glad to assist.