Switzerland and Ireland sign revised double taxation agreement

Switzerland and Ireland signed a protocol to amend the DTA in the area of taxes on income and capital

Aside from an OECD administrative assistance clause, Switzerland and Ireland have agreed that both countries may levy withholding tax of no more than 15% on gross dividend amounts. If, however, a company holds a stake of at least 10% in the capital of the distributing company, the dividends will be exempt from withholding tax. Moreover, there will be no withholding taxes on dividends paid to the national banks of the two countries or to pension funds.

The revision still has to be approved by parliament in both countries before it can come into force.