Amendments to the double taxation agreement with Greece enter into force

Bern, 28.12.2011 - Yesterday, the Protocol of Amendment of 4 November 2010 to the double taxation agreement (DTA) between Switzerland and Greece entered into force. It contains an OECD administrative assistance clause. The Protocol of Amendment will contribute to the further positive development of bilateral economic relations.

Aside from an OECD administrative assistance clause, Switzerland and Greece have agreed, amongst other things, to exempt dividend payments to pension funds and public bodies from withholding tax in the future. The rate of tax the source state is entitled to levy on interest payments has been lowered from 10% at present to 7%. An arbitration clause has also been adopted in the revised DTA with Greece. This will contribute to the definitive avoidance of double taxation.

The provisions of the Protocol of Amendment will apply from 1 January 2012. The Protocol of Amendment has been approved by parliament in both countries.

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