UAE, Qatar sign agreement to prevent double taxation

Omar Abbas - | Business

The United Arab Emirates and Qatar have recently entered into an agreement aimed at preventing double taxation and combating fiscal evasion of income taxes.

UAE and Qatar Forge Taxation Agreement

Signed by Mohamed Hadi Al Hussaini, UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs, and His Excellency Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, Qatari Minister of Finance, the agreement signals a significant step towards fostering economic cooperation between the two nations. 121st GCC Financial and Economic Cooperation Committee meeting was held concurrently with the signing ceremony.

Transformative Impact and Enhanced Partnerships

Mohamed Al Hussaini emphasized the transformative potential of the agreement, highlighting its ability to strengthen financial, economic, and investment partnerships between the UAE and Qatar. He noted that the agreement will not only promote coordination and cooperation in tax matters but also create new investment opportunities and stimulate trade. Furthermore, it is expected to diversify national income sources and provide comprehensive protection for goods and services.

Both companies and individuals would be fully protected from both direct and indirect double taxation under the deal, which is expected to enhance economic and commercial links between the UAE and Qatar. According to Al Hussaini, the UAE Ministry of Finance is determined to improve trade and investment connections with all partners. One way they want to do this is by creating systems that make it easier for nations with strong economic links to the UAE to understand the operational state of investors in different economic activities.

Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari underscored the importance of the agreement in supporting international standards of transparency through the exchange of documented financial information. He emphasized that the agreement reflects the commitment of both countries to strengthening bilateral economic relations and fostering cooperation.

The signing of the agreement aligns with the UAE's strategy to expand its network of international and Arab relations, enhance economic and investment cooperation globally, and protect UAE investments from non-commercial risks. With 146 double taxation avoidance agreements and 114 investment protection agreements already in place, the UAE has established a robust legal framework to safeguard its investments worldwide.

The agreement between the UAE and Qatar to prevent double taxation and fiscal evasion of income taxes marks a significant milestone in bilateral economic relations. By promoting cooperation, transparency, and investor protection, the agreement sets the stage for enhanced economic collaboration and increased investment opportunities between the two countries.

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