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EC announces new tax guidelines to make life easier for cross-border investors

in Business · 14-12-2017 13:11:00 · 0 Comments

The European Commission has put forward new guidelines on withholding taxes to help Member States reduce costs and simplify procedures for cross-border investors in the EU.

The new Code of Conduct offers solutions for investors who, as a result of how withholding taxes are applied, end up paying taxes twice on the income they receive from cross-border investments.
A withholding tax is a tax withheld at source in the EU country where investment income such as dividends, interests, and royalties is generated.
These levies provide a way for Member States to ensure that taxes are being applied appropriately on cross-border transactions. Since the income is often taxed again in the Member State where the investor is resident, problems of double taxation can result.
Investors do have the right to claim a refund when double taxation occurs but refund procedures are currently difficult, expensive and time-consuming.
These recommendations, developed alongside national experts, form part of the EU’s Capital Markets Union Action Plan and should improve the system for investors and Member States alike.
In particular, the Code of Conduct aims to reduce the challenges faced by smaller investors when doing business cross-border. It should result in quick, simplified and standardised procedures for refunding withholding taxes where appropriate.

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Edition 1458
13 January 2018
Edition: 1458

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