The UAE has been attracting international investors with ease due to the Emirate’s simplified business registration, accounting, and tax systems. Based on this ease of operating, the TMF Group’s inaugural Financial Complexity Index 2017 has revealed that the UAE is the third least complex jurisdiction in the world for accounting and tax compliance. The Financial Complexity Index which was ranked using key metrics such as the accounting, tax rules, and regulations in different jurisdictions, and risks associated with non-compliance in these areas, showed that all the five least complex jurisdictions in the Index have simplified reporting requirements and beneficial tax rates to encourage investment.
Uncertainty persists as to when precisely Value Added Tax (VAT) will be introduced in the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the process surrounding a roll-out. However, given the fiscal pressures in the region, the introduction of taxation seems inevitable and could cause short-term cash-flow issues for insurers.