Corp tax + Dividend - low EU country

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Zaiga

New member
Hi guys,

I am looking for an EU country to which I could shift my corp profits.
So far I am in a high tax EU country and paying huge amount of taxes.

Which countries are offering the lowest corp + dividend taxes?
And wouldn't I need to declare it as income in the country I am still a resident? What's the solution here?

Thank you!
 

Sols

Staff member
Mentor Group Gold
I am looking for an EU country to which I could shift my corp profits.
If you're thinking about shifting profits, look into BEPS: Base Erosion and Profit Shifting.

So far I am in a high tax EU country and paying huge amount of taxes.
Stop living in that high tax EU country if you don't want to pay high taxes.

Which countries are offering the lowest corp + dividend taxes?
Malta, Cyprus, and Ireland are the most popular. You can find lower taxes in for example Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary, but once you factor in the added bureaucracy and other headaches associated with them, the first three come out ahead.

And wouldn't I need to declare it as income in the country I am still a resident?
Yes. The company is tax resident wherever you live and has to pay tax like a local company.

All you accomplish with a foreign company is more paperwork.

What's the solution here?
Move. Cyprus is the simplest, but Malta and Ireland also have interesting tax incentives.
 
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Zaiga

New member
Yes. The company is tax resident wherever you live and has to pay tax like a local company.

All you accomplish with a foreign company is more paperwork.

Thank you for the answer Sols!

Alright so as long as I am registered in a high tax EU country I wouldn't gain anything (beside paperwork)
The corp tax in cyprus is 12,5%. The dividend tax would be 17%, and I still would need to declare it as income in my home country in the EU and pay additional tax on it. (correct?)

The "solution"
Get the Non Dom status (deregister in my home country) and pay 12,5% corp tax and 0% dividend tax.
Problem, I can't do it yet, still 4 years tight to this high tax shithole.

Btw once I would get a non dom status in cyprus, I could also move my stocks with me and wouldn't need to pay anymore any taxes on dividends and capital gains, right?
 

Sols

Staff member
Mentor Group Gold
Alright so as long as I am registered in a high tax EU country I wouldn't gain anything (beside paperwork)
Not without substance, and even that isn't without risks.

The corp tax in cyprus is 12,5%. The dividend tax would be 17%, and I still would need to declare it as income in my home country in the EU and pay additional tax on it. (correct?)
Sort of correct. The 17% tax isn't a dividend tax. It's capital gains tax, and it's the recipient that's liable for it, not the company.

But as you point out, the company is still tax resident where you live. So the question is simply whether you pay the remainder after removing 12.50% as tax credit, pay nothing in Cyprus and everything where you live, or if you are stuck with double taxation (which is fortunately a rare circumstance for intra-EU).

The "solution"
Get the Non Dom status (deregister in my home country) and pay 12,5% corp tax and 0% dividend tax.
This would work. Note that there is a 2.6% social security contribution due as well, but it's capped at 4,800 EUR/year contribution so if you make more than around 180,000 there is no further contribution.

Problem, I can't do it yet, still 4 years tight to this high tax shithole.
Then you have no legal options, unfortunately. Plenty of illegal but with increased automation in tax law enforcement, the risk of getting caught goes up year on year.

Btw once I would get a non dom status in cyprus, I could also move my stocks with me and wouldn't need to pay anymore any taxes on dividends and capital gains, right?
As long as you get the non-domicile exemption, you don't have to pay any SDC (capital gains tax) for the first 17 years of residence in Cyprus.
 

CyprusLawyer101

Mentor Group Gold
lright so as long as I am registered in a high tax EU country I wouldn't gain anything (beside paperwork)
The corp tax in cyprus is 12,5%. The dividend tax would be 17%, and I still would need to declare it as income in my home country in the EU and pay additional tax on it. (correct?)
Just a clarification : the 17% tax on dividend upon distribution would nit apply to a foreign tax resident. You do not need to move in to get t exemption.
Are you only trading in stocks and recieving dividend and other passive income ?
 
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