The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Economic Substance Regulations (ESR) are applicable retrospectively from 1 January 2019 and the first compliance cycle has now passed. Potential ESR implications for FY20 and FY21 are currently being determined. Businesses can leverage the lessons learnt from the past year to improve their approach going forward.
In the light of the above, Deloitte held a 60-minute webinar aimed at guiding businesses through the upcoming FY20 ESR filing obligations. The topics covered during the session included:
- Overview of the upcoming FY20 ESR compliance deadlines;
- Lessons learnt from the first compliance cycle;
- Best practices in connection with some of the relevant activities and ESR;
- Post-filing enforcement and appeals; and
- Elements that are still unclear.
Meet the speaker
Jan Roderick van Abbe
Jan is a Partner based within the International and M&A Tax team in Deloitte, Dubai. He has over 15 years of experience within direct and international taxation and transferred from Deloitte Singapore (and Deloitte Switzerland previously) to the UAE in 2016. Jan has substantial experience with inbound investments and structuring, providing tax and transfer pricing advisory in relation the relocation/set-up of companies, transfer of functions (IP and holding company), set-up of principal structures, permanent establishment analysis, application of tax holidays, tax planning around cash repatriation, treaty application and transfer pricing. Jan also has experience in negotiating and obtaining many advance tax rulings with the Swiss tax authorities Jan advises Middle Eastern multinationals regarding their legal and tax structures taking into account the developments arising from BEPS/economic substance requirements and other political developments focusing on risk management and asset protection. Jan leads Deloitte’s Economic Substance and Pillar 1&2 service offering across the region. Jan is regularly speaking at tax event such as IFA on international tax developments. Jan is a Swiss Certified Tax Expert and holds a Master’s degree in law from the University St. Gallen (HSG).