Economic substance Regulations are a percept in the UAE’s tax framework that came into effect from January 1st, 2019. ESR applies to all businesses and organizations in the UAE, including onshore companies, free zone companies, non-partnership companies, and partnership firms. The main motive behind the introduction of the ESR notification form in UAE is to provide the Financial authorities with all the information regarding the profits culminated by your business. It will further help the FTA authorities in analyzing the entire business scene and the economic development in the UAE. 

The Amended Economic substance regulation appoints the FTA authorities as National Assessing Authority for ESR. It will further determine whether an entity meets the Economic Substance Test and issues penalties for breaches of the ESR regulations in the UAE.

Read on to find out more about the ESR UAE.

Article 4 of the Economic Substance Regulation:

Article 4 governs the regulations of the Economic Substance Regulations in UAE. According to Article 4, the companies falling under the following sectors have to file an ESR notification UAE:


  • Banking and Insurance
  • Investment and fund management
  • Lease, finance businesses
  • Headquarter Businesses 
  • Shipping businesses
  • Holding company business
  • Intellectual property management

ESR regulations UAE:

Here are a few key points that come under the ESR Regulations UAE.

  • The licensees under the Economic substance regulation must have a high degree of control over their company’s IP assets.
  • He/she must have adequate full-time employees in each branch with the required qualifications who permanently reside and perform their activities in the UAE. 
  • You will have to provide the necessary employee information like experience, contact details, and qualifications to the FTA.
  • The licensee must have a business plan showcasing the reasons for holding the license for ESR in the UAE.
  • Relevant decision making of the organization or company must continue to take place in the UAE.
  • The company must have adequate expenditure accumulated in the  UAE or adequate expenditure on outsourcing.
  • The company or organization must have adequate physical assets in the UAE.

ESR notifications form:

You can file your organization’s economic substance notification form through the official portal of the Ministry of Finance. Your notification form must have the following information before submission:

  • Details of the licensee
  • Registered office address
  • Branch details
  • Details on your reportable period
  • Type of relevant activity your business carries out
  • Details on your profits
  • Details on your eligibility for exemption  
  • The details of the parent company
  • Details of the ultimate beneficial owner
  • Details of the designated contact person
  • Final declaration

ESR UAE Deadline, and penalties:

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Every licensee is required to file their ESR notification form in UAE within 12 months from the end of your financial year. 

The following are the penalties for non-compliance with the ESR regulations:

  • The penalty for failure to file the ESR UAE form is AED 20,000.
  • Penalty for failure to submit the ESR UAE report is AED 50,000.
  • The penalty for failure to take an ESR test within a financial year is AED 50,000.
  • The penalty for providing inaccurate information is AED 50,000.


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We assist companies in ESR UAE registration, filing their ESR notifications form, and fulfilling their obligations under the Economic Substance Regulations requirements.

For more Detailed information about ESR, Visit: Economic Substance Regulations(ESR) Guidelines

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