Consultation on Taxation of cross border interest and royalty payments between associated companies
|Consultation on a recast and amended version of the Council Directive on a common system of taxation applicable to interest and royalty payments between associated companies of different Member States|
All corporate taxpayers, tax practitioners, tax experts, academics, business and labour organisations and any other economic agents that may be affected by this initiative.
|Period of consultation|
|From 26/7/2010 to 31/10/2010|
|Objective of the consultation|
The Directive on a common system of taxation applicable to interest and royalty payments between associated companies of different Member States aims at solving double taxation problems linked to cross-border payments. In these cases, the State from which a payment is made (source State) charges a tax on its recipient company. Additionally, the recipient company is subject to tax on the income derived from this same payment in the Member State of its tax residence. The Directive provides for tax exemption in the source State. The exemption also applies when the payment is made from a permanent establishment (i.e., a branch) of the company place in a third Member State or received by such business centre.
The objective of this initiative is to clarify existing legislation while extending its benefits to a wider range of companies by: including other legal forms of companies enjoying the Directive; reducing the threshold to be considered associated company; taking account of indirect shareholdings to compute the total holding; alternatively, extending the exemption to payments between unrelated parties. It will also be proposed to solve a potential technical problem derived from the requirement that the payment be a tax deductible cost for the permanent establishment making it by stating that the directive covers payments linked to the activity performed by such an establishment.
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DG TAXUD – Directorate D - Direct taxation, Tax Coordination,Economic Analysis and Evaluation
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