A Tax Residency Certificate also called as Tax Domicile Certificate is used to avoid getting taxed on the same income in two different countries by taking advantage of the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement entered into between two countries.

As UAE is stepping into the new phase of Corporate Tax, the importance of obtaining Tax Residency Certificate UAE or TRC UAE is also rising. Federal Tax Authority is responsible for issuing the Tax Residency Certificate in UAE.

Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement

The Double Tax Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) is a tax treaty signed between two or more countries to help taxpayers avoid paying double taxes on the same income. A DTAA becomes applicable in cases where an individual is a resident of one nation, but earns income in another. All the major countries in the world has entered into DTAA with their economic counterparts to foster international trade.

UAE also has entered into DTAA with around 140 countries thus broadening and liberalizing its trade route.

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Who are eligible to obtain TRC Dubai?

Natural persons: The applicant must have been a resident of the UAE for at least 180 days. EJARI or such other relevant documents showing tenancy is also required.
Legal persons: A Tax Residency Certificate is available to any company operating on the mainland or in a free zone which has been operating in the country for at least a year.
Offshore companies are not allowed to apply for the Tax Domicile Certificate UAE because they are not listed in the Double Taxation Avoidance agreements. They can get Tax Exemption Certificates instead.

Validity of TRC Dubai

The Tax Residency Certificate is valid for one year from the date of issue

Benefits of obtaining Tax Residency Certificate

• Avoids getting taxed for the same income in two different countries.
• Validates that the applicant is a resident in UAE
• Eases the process of cross border transactions
• Avoids double taxation during the import-export process
• Strengthens trade relationships between countries

Documents required for obtaining Tax Residency Certificate


The following documents are required for companies to obtain TRC:

  • Valid Trade License Copy
  • Passport & Emirates ID Copy of Manager/Authorised Signatory
  • Vat Registration Number (TRN)
  • Latest Audited Financial Statements
  • Bank statement for the previous six months
  • Tenancy contract copy
  • Memorandum of Association or other relevant Documents.


The following documents are required for individuals to obtain TRC:

  • A copy of Passport & residence permit
  • A copy of Emirates ID
  • Salary Certificate/Source of income
  • Bank statement for the previous six months
  • Certified copy of residential lease agreement

Fees for obtaining Tax Residency Certificate

Issuance of Different kind of TRCPrice in AED
Application SubmissionAED 50/Application
Tax RegistrantAED 500
Non Registrant legal personsAED 1,750
Non Registrant natural personsAED 1,000

Duration to obtain Tax Residency Certificate UAE

As per the Federal Tax Authority, the bare minimum period to approve the TRC application is 3 business days. Once the application is approved, 5-7 business days will be required for the final delivery of the certificate.

Why Elevate First Accounting & Auditing?

We have been in the industry for over a decade now. Dealing with clients from multiple business and background has given us an extensive experience in accounting, auditing and taxation around the world. We can help you in acquiring a Tax Residency Certification based on requirements of your business. We fulfill any TRC related services