domingo, junho 29, 2008

Romania to cut taxation of outbound dividends to 10% from Jan 2009

EU newcomer Romania will cut its dividend tax rate for non-resident companies to 10% from next year to make it equal to the tax levied on resident companies as required by EU regulations, the government said.
Domestic dividends on holdings of up to 15% of the shares are subject to a final withholding tax of 10%. However, on similar outbound dividends, Romania, which joined the EU in January 2007, levies a withholding tax of 16%.
The government on Tuesday decided to correct the country's fiscal code by lowering the dividend tax paid by for non-resident corporate investors to 10% as of January 2009, the cabinet said in a statement issued later the same day.
Last month, the European Commission sent letters of formal notice, the first step of an infringement procedure, to Bulgaria and Romania regarding the taxation rules for corporate dividends.
The letter of formal notice to Romania concerned the taxation of dividends which are paid to companies resident elsewhere in the EU or in the European Economic Area (EEA)/the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries.

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