The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has officially opened registration for individuals interested in working as tax agents and for tax accounting software vendors, in addition to providing the necessary technical support to help these vendors as they assist UAE-based businesses comply with tax regulations.
The Federal Tax Authority has defined standards and specifications that must be met by the Tax Agent, who is defined by Federal Law No. (7) of 2017 on Tax Procedures as — any person registered with the authority in the register, who is appointed on behalf of another person to represent him before the authority and assist him in the fulfilment of his tax obligations and the exercise of his associated tax rights.
This step comes as part of the authority’s commitment to providing the necessary technical support and implement a tax system that adheres to international best practices. It allows taxable persons to fully meet their tax obligations, while saving them time and effort, and reducing the margin of error in calculating Tax.
Tax agent register
Created to meet the requirements of compliance with value added tax, the tax agent’s post is a new profession to the local market and is expected to attract high demand from professionals working in accounting and legal services.
Who can be a tax agent?
The tax agent must be of good conduct and behaviour, never having been convicted of a crime or misdemeanour prejudicial to honour or honesty, irrespective of whether or not he may have been rehabilitated. He/she must hold a certified Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in tax, accounting or law from a recognised educational institution. If the applicant holds a Bachelor’s degree in any other field, he/she may submit a tax certification from an internationally recognised tax institute.
Applicants must also provide a certification of relevant and recent experience of at least three years in either tax, qualified accounting or law, and a certificate proving their verbal and written communication skills in both Arabic and English. Furthermore, they must pass the authority’s tax agent exam, provide a medical fitness certificate, as well as a copy of the liability insurance contract against professional errors. Candidates are to carry out their activity through a legal person licensed by the competent authorities.
“As a new profession in the local UAE labour market, the FTA’s conditions, qualifications and accreditation requirements for tax agents will set a benchmark for other businesses to follow while hiring for tax-related positions. These criteria will also work as a catalyst for the development of new job skills to meet the new employment opportunities that will result from implementing the tax system in the UAE,” said FTA Director-General His Excellency Khalid Al Bustani
Any individual may appoint a tax agent to act on their behalf before the Federal Tax Authority with regards to their tax matters. The authority will not deal with any tax agent representing a person, should the said person inform the FTA of the termination or dismissal of the tax agent. If and when requested by the FTA, the tax agent is required to provide the authority with all information, documents, records and data required for any person he/she represents. The authority shall then have the right to inspect these records for taxation purposes with said agent.
The Federal Tax Authority requested all vendors wishing to register with FTA for the tax accounting software Accreditation to review the requirements and guidelines related to the accreditation on the FTA’s official website: www.tax.gov.ae, and submit the required documents, which include: Software vendor’s name; name of tax accounting software; version number of tax accounting software to be registered; date and validity of the listing; other vendor information (like trade license number, address, etc); contact details; and the required application form, which can be downloaded from www.tax.gov.ae, duly completed.