On 11 December 2014, officials from Hong Kong and United Arab Emirates signed an income tax treaty. The treaty is the first of its kind between the two jurisdictions.
The treaty covers Hong Kong profits tax, salaries tax and property tax, and covers U.A.E. income tax and corporate tax.
The treaty includes the provision that a permanent establishment will be deemed constituted when an enterprise furnishes services within a Contracting Party through employees or other engaged personnel for the same or connected project for a period or periods aggregating more than 183 days in any 12 month period.
Both jurisdictions apply the credit method for the elimination of double taxation.
The treaty will enter into force once the ratification instruments are exchange, and will apply in Hong Kong from 1 April of the year following its entry into force, and in the U.A.E. from 1 January of the year following its entry into force.
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