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Switzerland – Japan Double Tax Treaty

Switzerland – Japan Double Tax Treaty

Avoidance of double taxation in Switzerland and Japan

Switzerland and Japan have signed a double tax treaty: a convention that allows for the avoidance of double taxation on income for individuals and companies that are doing business in both jurisdictions. This is advantageous for foreign investors from Japan who want to open a company in Switzerland.

The tax exemptions or preferential rates that apply according to the treaty are also beneficial for branches in Switzerland and for individuals who are Japan residents but work in the European country.

Our company registration consultants in Switzerland can tell you how this treaty influences the manner in which you are taxed in the country.

New provisions in the Switzerland – Japan treaty

The convention for the avoidance of double taxation signed between Switzerland and Japan covers those taxes on income produced in one of the countries. The revised double taxation agreement was entered into force at the beginning of 2012. Compared to the initial agreement, the one in force today offers better provisions for dividend payments as well as interest and royalties payments.

According to the double taxation agreement, companies doing business in both countries can qualify for withholding tax reductions. Companies that hold at least 25% of the voting power in another company that pays dividends to them can benefit from a 0% withholding tax on dividends. The general withholding tax rate is 10% under the revised treaty. A 0% rate applies to certain financial institutions and pension funds. If you need the services of a tax consultant in Zurich, our team is ready to help you. You can rely on us for a wide variety of accounting services in Switzerland. Our local specialists are at your service with specific solutions for your needs. We cater to the requirements of both small and large enterprises which often have different specifics. So, contact us if you are interested in a personalized approach!

Apply for the double tax benefits

Swiss or Japanese companies that want to benefit from these reduced withholding tax rates need to make an application to the relevant tax authorities in one of the Contracting Countries. Swiss companies in Japan will need to fill an application for release from the Japanese income tax. Japanese companies in Switzerland will also have to fill in certain forms and submit a Swiss tax residency certificate.

If you are a foreign investor from Japan who wants to benefit from the advantages of the double tax treaty you can contact our company registration specialists in Switzerland.