How to register as a Tax Agent in the UAE?

All people considering becoming a tax agent must refer to the detailed guidance on the criteria required to be met in order to become a tax agent, as well as details of the FTA registration, amendment, linking, and de-linking processes for a tax agent.

Since tax agents play an important role in assisting with the operation of the UAE tax system. To ensure that they are qualified and experienced, a series of measures (including registration requirements) have been put in place.

All of the following conditions must be met before a person applies to be registered as a Tax Agent:

1. Hold an accredited qualification from a recognized university or institution showing your specialization and practical experience, i.e.

  • A certified bachelor’s or master’s degree in tax, accounting, or law from recognized educational institution; or
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field plus a tax certification1 from an internationally known tax institution.


2. Have at least three years’ relevant recent experience as:

  • a tax professional
  • a qualified lawyer
  • an accountant


3. Have the ability to communicate orally and in writing in both Arabic and English

4. Have passed any tests to meet qualification standards as these may have been specified by the FTA

5. Be able to prove good conduct and that you have never been convicted of a crime or misdemeanour prejudicial to honour or honesty, notwithstanding that you may have been rehabilitated

6. Be medically fit to perform your duties as a Tax Agent

7. Hold professional indemnity insurance or be covered by one.

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Information Source: UAE Federal Tax Authority