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JAFZA extends deadlines for submission of the Notification form and ESR

JAFZA extends deadlines for submission of the Notification form and ESR


The Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), a leading free zone of Dubai released new deadlines for the 2020 reportable period. These revised closing dates are for the submission of Notification and Economic Substance Report (ESR) by businesses under the Economic Substance Regulations.

The Economic Substance Regulations UAE require onshore and free zone companies and certain other business forms carrying out stipulated relevant activities to submit an annual Notification form and ESR to their relevant regulatory authority. The relevant activities include:

  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Investment Fund management
  • Lease – Finance
  • Headquarters
  • Shipping
  • Holding Company
  • Intellectual property
  • Distribution and Service Centre

JAFZA has extended these deadlines for firms falling under its regulatory realm. The new deadlines are the later of six months after the financial year-end for the Notification Form and the later of 12 months after the financial year-end for ESR. Nonetheless, JAFZA requests the businesses to file both the documents as soon as possible and not wait for the cut-off dates. Through this notice, it reminds businesses to submit these documents on the portal of the Ministry of Finance.


The new deadlines as per the financial year-end dates are as follows:

Financial year-endNotification filing deadlineESR filing deadline
March 31, 2020January 31, 2021 (extended deadline)March 31, 2021
April 30, 2020January 31, 2021 (extended deadline)April 30, 2021
May 31, 2020January 31, 2021 (extended deadline)May 31, 2021
June 30, 2020January 31, 2021 (extended deadline)June 30, 2021
July 31, 2020January 31, 2021July 31, 2021
August 31, 2020February 28, 2021August 31, 2021
September  30, 2020March 31, 2021September  30, 2021
October 31, 2020April 30, 2021October 31, 2021
November 30, 2020May 31, 2021November 30, 2021
December 31, 2020June 30, 2021December 31, 2021
January 31, 2021July 31, 2021January 31, 2022
February 28, 2021August 31, 2021February 28, 2022
March 31, 2021September  30, 2021March 31, 2022
April 30, 2021October 31, 2021April 30, 2022
May 31, 2021November 30, 2021May 31, 2022
June 30, 2021December 31, 2021July 31, 2022

With the new deadline dates, businesses in JAFZA must ensure to comply with the reporting and submission as soon as possible to avoid any compliance violations and resulting fines and penalties.
If you are seeking support in filing and submission of these documents or need any other assistance in compliance with ESR regulations, you may get in touch with NR Doshi & Partners.


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