UAE Free Zone

john2

New member
Hello, I've been reading this forum for days. I write from Spain.

A company and a bank account created in UAE Free Zone (RAC), is safe for the exchange of tax information? Ie will the UAE bank inform the Spanish authorities?
If it is a safe system, do you plan to make any changes, as has happened with offshore?

Thank you.
 

mnschwarz

Offshore Agent
Entrepreneur
A quick google search will provide the answer. UAE banks are due to begin sharing details soon under the CRS obligations.
 

john2

New member
if I understand. But there are agencies that say "free zone" companies will not be reported as offshroe. This is the question, if the bank accounts of a free zone company would be reported.

thank you
 

bronze

New member
If I understand correctly you can become a resident of UAE hence they report you to UAE who then doesn't care
 

john2

New member
No, I don't become a resident of UEA, I maintain my residence in Spain. But they say they do not report data from "Free Zone" companies. Do you know if this is correct?
 

mnschwarz

Offshore Agent
Entrepreneur
No, I don't become a resident of UEA, I maintain my residence in Spain. But they say they do not report data from "Free Zone" companies. Do you know if this is correct?
It includes the free zones. You're referring to resident companies being excluded - which you are not. The company, even incorporated in UAE, is managed and controlled by you. Thus it is not a resident company and your banking information reported to Spain under CRS.
 

bronze

New member
You can also become a resident of UAE without effecting your Spanish residency

Then UAE reports your financials to UAE and not spain
 

mnschwarz

Offshore Agent
Entrepreneur
You can also become a resident of UAE without effecting your Spanish residency

Then UAE reports your financials to UAE and not spain
I believe you can only obtain residency in UAE with employer sponsorship or by purchasing real estate valued over 1million AED. And while you can have multiple residencies, you can only claim one as your residency for tax purposes (legally anyway).
 

DrKlau

New member
I believe you can only obtain residency in UAE with employer sponsorship or by purchasing real estate valued over 1million AED. And while you can have multiple residencies, you can only claim one as your residency for tax purposes (legally anyway).
I just returned from UAE where I got my residence and UAE id, and setup a free zone company.
I am EU resident and citizen.
The bank I contacted to open my business account (Mashreq) did not seem to care about residency or id card but it also did not ask for my citizenship country utility bill.
Ofcourse when and if the account is opened, before I transfer money there I will make sure where they report and what.
 

mnschwarz

Offshore Agent
Entrepreneur
I just returned from UAE where I got my residence and UAE id, and setup a free zone company.
I am EU resident and citizen.
The bank I contacted to open my business account (Mashreq) did not seem to care about residency or id card but it also did not ask for my citizenship country utility bill.
Ofcourse when and if the account is opened, before I transfer money there I will make sure where they report and what.
What were the requirements to obtain residency?
 

DrKlau

New member
For UAQ company, residence and emirates id, I had to provide:
- passport
- personal bank reference letter addressed to UAQ authority (I had no problem getting this)
- utility bill (I sent a fake)
- 10 passport type pictures
Then after the company was formed I had to go to UAE for medical test. (Very easy x-ray and blood test and fingerprints).

I had a very nice guy (offshore provider) who helped me do all this and it all was very smooth.
However I think it was for nothing if UAE will be reporting also free zone entities.
 

DrKlau

New member
All right since I don't violate any forum rules.
Its called WAM (worldassets dot eu). You can ask for Martin. He lives in Dubai.

I emphasize I have NO affiliation.
 

DrKlau

New member
If you don't do the residence visa procedure that is a bit more complicated, the procedure to form the company is fairly easy you just put some signatures in some documents. Just be careful that some free zones (like RAK) want audited financial statements every year to renew the company's license and this can be complicated and costly.
The problem is that I am still not sure if having a residency card with a free trade zone company then the UAE banks will not report to your country's tax authorities.
As much as I have researched this matter I still do not have a clear answer. I have opened bank accounts in two UAE banks, Mashreq and NBD and funded them, but as much as I asked the bankers there is no one who knows for sure what will be reported.

I wish you the best starlights and you are welcome to ask me anything, .
 
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