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1 The Netherlands and Luxembourg: The high profile players in the market of Ukraine Globalserve Seminar November 2013 By Phani Schiza Antoniou

2 Netherlands, the country  EU member  Highly strategic commercial location that makes it the “Gateway to Europe”  Natural hub for logistics and headquarter functions  High educated, multi cultural and multi-lingual workforce  High level of infrastructure  Good economic and financial climate

3 Netherlands, the country  One of the major and reputable international Business centers  Extensive Network of double Tax Treaties; 90!!  Good Banking system  Tax Rulings possible

4 A Dutch B.V  BV=Private company with limited liability  Set up by a notary (make up of their articles)  Official Permission of Minister of Justice  Minimum share capital is €1  Registered in the Chamber of Commerce  Director can be also legal entity  Min director/ shareholder 1  Director can be non Dutch resident but for management and control purposes Dutch director is advisable

5 Summary of Dutch Tax Rates Corporate Income Tax upto € Corporate Income T above € % 25% Tax on Dividends received0% if participation exemption applies i.e 5% minimum shareholding in the subsidiary held as participation not as an investment Royalty income5 % Capital gains tax in the case of disposal of participation 0% if participation exemption applies i.e 5% minimum shareholding in the subsidiary, held as participation not as investment Profit from the trading in securities20-25% Withholding tax on dividends other than EU or Treaty countries 15% Withholding taxes on interest, royalties0%

6 Summary of the Dutch tax system  GENERAL  Corporate Income Tax rate=25%  Taxable income ≦ EUR 200,000=20%  Innovation box income taxed at 5%  Average ETR of Dutch multinational: Between 8% and 20%

7 Summary of the Dutch tax system  No withholding tax on interest and royalty payments  Dividend withholding tax =maximum 15%  Qualifying dividends to EU or 0% treaty country=0%  No capital taxes

8 Summary of the Dutch tax system  CORPORATE INCOME TAX SPECIFICS  Tax loss carry forward: 9 years  Tax loss carry back:1  Thin cap: 3 to 1 or the group’s debt-to- equity ratio  Interest deduction limitations when eroding the Dutch taxable basis of operating subsidiaries  These rules do not affect international structuring

9 Summary of the Dutch tax system  INNOVATION BOX  Offers attractive opportunities to lower the ETR for income allocable to intangible assets to 5% if:  The intangible assets are self developed, which includes contract research for the risk and benefit of the tax payer and participation in R&D activities by means of cost-contribution arrangements (but excludes marketing intangibles created by the tax payer, such as brand names, logos and assets alike)  The intangible assets are purchased, provided the purchased intangible asset loses its independence and is merged into a new self developed intangible asset.  At least 30% of expected income can be attribute to patents/registrations obtained for the intangible asset

10 Summary of the Dutch tax system  Test per intangible asset, to be met at the end of the first year of applying for the Innovation Box for an intangible asset  No upfront approval of Dutch tax authorities is required, so Innovation Box can be applied for by ticking a box in the Dutch corporate Income tax return. However, in order to determine income to be allocated to Innovation Box, consultation with Dutch tax authorities upfront is highly recommended.

11 Summary of the Dutch tax system  PARTICIPATION EXEMPTION  100% income (dividend income and capital gains)exempt from Dutch corporate income tax if it concerns an investment in shares of at least 5% of the nominal paid-in capital, unless it concerns a portfolio investment company(no minimum holding period)

12 Summary of the Dutch tax system  SUBSTANCE REQUIREMENTS Focus should be on substance requirements set by the jurisdiction that pays to a Dutch holding company;  Presence of local operations  Key executives 'agenda for travel to the holding company jurisdiction  The Dutch tax authorities published the following list with minimum substance requirements that should be met by so-called financing flow-through ruling companies:  At least 50% of the Board of Directors(BOD) MEMEBRS SHOULD BE Dutch residents(live and work there)and of a certain professional level and the company has adequate staff (itself or from 3 rd parties)for performing the functions  All key strategic/material decisions of the BOD should be taken in the Netherlands, such as the entering into contracts and signing of documents  The main bank account should be held in the Netherlands  The bookkeeping is maintained in the Netherlands  The address of the company should be in the Netherlands and the company is not considered a resident in another state on the basis of a tax treaty  The company has sufficient equity considering its activities and the risks to be absorbed by the company.

13 DOUBLE TAX TREATY WITH UKRAINE DIVIDEND *o% applies if min shareholding 50% and at least $ investment ** 5% applies if at least 20% shareholding In all other cases 15% 0%*/5**%/15% INTEREST *2% rate applies to interest paid on loans granted by a banking institution and financial or to interest paid by the purchaser of machinery and equipment to the seller in connection with a sale on credit; the 10% rate applies in all other cases. 2*/10% ROYALTIES * 0% rate applies to royalties paid for a copyright of scientific work, a patent, trademark, design or model, plan, secret formula or process, or for information concerning industrial, commercial or scientific experience. The 10% rate applies to royalties paid for the use of, or the right to use, a copyright of scientific work, (including cinematograph film and films or tapes for radio or television broadcasting). 0*/10%

14 DOUBLE TAX TREATY WITH RUSSIA DIVIDEND If 25% ownership in the subsidiary Russian company and minimum investment of € *%/15% INTEREST 0% ROYALTIES0%

15 Why Luxembourg? Providing a platform to the EU: a founding member of the EU with many EU institutions located on is land Population & Workforce: Multicultural and multilingual population becoming the source of highly trained working force High standards of living and safety Business friendly tax framework (large number of double tax treaties (64), the lowest VAT in Europe etc.) Enable flexibility and transparency in doing business Solid legal and regulatory framework Internationally established financial and investment fund centre: with more than USD 2.5 trillion in assets (2 nd as an investment fund centre in the world and 1 st in Europe)

16 Why Luxembourg? Politically and socially stable Established in the fund management market: Easy access to fund management groups and decision makers with long-standing experience in attracting international companies; USD 300 billion assets under management; A market leader in product innovation for UCIT and non-UCIT funds Outstandingly developed banking system: Strategic location in Europe Transport: Highly efficient infrastructure and logistical network (e.g. airport, railway); Known for pro-business legislation and administration with government encouraging business Sound macroeconomic fundamentals. It is the richest country in Europe and second richest in the world as per per capita income, one of the 11 AAA rated countries The international market in a single place: access to a market of over 100 million consumers within a 250 km radius A base for Islamic products Wide range of double tax treaties 64!

17 Types of Luxembourgish vehicles . . Regulated by CSSF (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier) vehicles:  SIF (Specialised Investment Fund)  SICAR (Risk Capital Investment Company) Unregulated by CSSF vehicles:  SOPARFI (Société de Participation Financière)  SPF (Private Wealth Management Company)  SPV (Securitisation Vehicle)

18 Types of legal forms of investment vehicles . . Public Limited Liability Company- (S.A) Private Limited Liability Company- (SARL) Partnerships-(S.N.C.) Limited partnerships- (S.C.S.) Partnerships Limited by Shares or Cooperative companies- (S.C.A.) Cooperative Company Organised as a public Limited - (COOPSA) European Company (SE)

19 SOPARFI . .  Société de Participations Financières  a normal and fully taxable commercial company  primary activity is being a holding company and financing activity  it benefits from “participation exemption/affiliation privilege” in respect of some or all of its investments  It can also perform commercial, industrial and financial activities which are subject to VAT  Can be incorporated as SA public limited co or as SARL the limited liability company or as limited partnership by shares SCA

20 Characteristics of SOPARFI Registered office or central administration in Luxembourg Minimum Share Capital (in any currrency): depends on the form of the business (S.A./S.C.A. vs S.à R.L) Directors: minimum of 1 for SARL; a minimum of 1 for SA but only if the shreholder is also 1, otherwise 3 directors are needed; they an be natural persons or corporate bodies; of any nationality  BUT even if they do not have to be residents of Luxembourg the majority is recommended to be so in order to comply with the rules of “permanent establishment” No need of a company secretary Shareholders minimum of 1 Authorization: based on qualifications and experience of the person in charge of the business if it will be used for commercial financial and industrial activities Reporting: Annual audit is compulsory and the abbreviated accounts are filed and accessible to he general public Flexible thin capitalisation rules: compliance with a debt/equity ratio of 15 percent equity / 85 percent debt, or alternatively 1 percent equity/14 percent interest-free loan/85 percent interest-bearing loan, is required when financing participations. If a higher ratio is maintained, then it may be considered as non tax deductible and would potentially be subject to Luxembourg 15 percent dividend withholding tax. No thin capitalisation rules need to be respected for intra-group financing  Registered office or central administration in Luxembourg  Registered and bearer shares of various classes  Minimum Share Capital (in any currrency): depends on the form of the business (S.A./S.C.A. vs S.à R.L)  Directors: minimum of 1 for SARL; a minimum of 1 for SA but only if the shreholder is also 1, otherwise 3 directors are needed; they an be natural persons or corporate bodies; of any nationality  BUT even if they do not have to be residents of Luxembourg the majority is recommended to be so in order to comply with the rules of “permanent establishment”  No need of a company secretary  Shareholders minimum of 1  Reporting: Annual audit is compulsory and the abbreviated accounts are filed and accessible to he general public

21 Thin capitalisation rules . . Flexible thin capitalisation rules: compliance with a debt/equity ratio of 15 percent equity / 85 percent debt, or alternatively 1 percent equity/14 percent interest-free loan/85 percent interest-bearing loan, is required when financing participations. If a higher ratio is maintained, then it may be considered as non tax deductible and would potentially be subject to Luxembourg 15 percent dividend withholding tax. No thin capitalisation rules need to be respected for intra-group financing

22 Main tax benefits from using Lux cos  Dividend received, liquidation receipts and capital gains tax realised by a Luxembourg company are fully exempt from income tax subject to the participation conditions below:  The subsidiaries are fully taxable EU cos applying EU parent subsidiary directive  Or if non EU cos, they are taxed at income tax rate at least 10.5% and for which the foreign tax base is similar to Luxembourg  It has at least 10% shareholding in the capital of the subsidiary or at least investment of €1.2 million is made for exception from dividends. For exemption from capital gains tax a minimum investment of € 6 m is required  Minimum holding period 12 months

23 Double Tax Treaty between Luxembourg and Ukraine of 1997 never ratified Double Tax Treaty between Luxembourg and Ukraine of 1997 never ratified Ukraine and Luxembourg signed a tax treaty on 6 September 1997, but the treaty is not yet in force. When in effect, the treaty provides for a 0% rate on dividends paid to a company that holds directly at least 50% of the payer for an uninterrupted period of three years and has an investment of at least USD 1 million (or its equivalent in the national currency) in the capital of the payor and the dividends are derived from an industrial or a commercial activity. A 5% rate will apply where dividends are paid to a company (other than a partnership) that holds directly at least 20% of the payor; otherwise, the rate will be 15%. A 2% withholding tax will apply to loans granted by banks and other financial institutions, and 10% in all other cases. A 5% rate will apply to patent and trademark royalties and a 10% rate for copyrights.

24 New Double Tax Treaty between Luxembourg and Russia in effect as from 2014 DIVIDEND If 10% ownership in the subsidiary Russian company and minimum investment of € *%/15% The new treaty which is to be put in effect as from 2014 has reduced the WHT on dividend from 10% to 5% under conditions like Cyprus and Nertherlands INTEREST 0% ROYALTIES0%

25 Main tax benefits from using Lux cos  No withholding tax on interest payments  Benefit from EU interest, royalty and dividend Directive  Withholding tax of 15% for dividend paid to non EU cos and non Treaty cos which do not meet the participation exemption criteria  Favourable IP regime for royalties at the effective tax rate of 5.85% through 80% income exception from tax arising either from royalty income or capital gains from the sale of Intellectual property rights, copyrights patents  Flexible thin capitalisation rules #  Corporate tax rate at 28.8% consisting of 20 % or 21% corporate tax if above € net profit plus surcharge to the employment fund plus municipal tax. Minimum flat tax € 3210  Net wealth tax 0.5%on worldwide net assets but there are exemptions  Losses are carried forward indefinitely

26 Comparison of Luxembourg and Dutch Tax Rates Luxembourg companyDutch company CapitalIt has minimum amount and has to be paid in advance according to the type of company No minimum Corporate tax 28.8%20 % upto € % above € Tax on Dividends received O% if participation exemption applies i.e 10% minimum shareholding or a minimum of € 1.2 m investment For at least 12 months EU co or if non EU to be taxed at tax rate at least equal to 10.5% 0% if participation exemption applies i.e 5% minimum shareholding in the subsidiary held as participation not as an investment Royalty income5.85%5 %

27 D Comparison of Luxembourg and Dutch Tax Rates . . Luxembourg companyDutch company Capital gains tax in the case of disposal of participation O% if participation exemption applies i.e 10% minimum shareholding or a minimum of € 6 m investment For at least 12 months EU co or if non EU to be taxed at tax rate at least equal to 10.5% 0% if participation exemption applies i.e 5% minimum shareholding in the subsidiary, held as participation not as an investment Profit from the trading in securities 28.8%20-25% Thin capitalisation rules15:85 equity /debt1:3 equity /debt Withholding tax on dividends other than EU or Treaty countries 15%

28 D Comparison of Luxembourg and Dutch Tax Rates . . Luxembourg companyDutch company Tax loss carried forwardindefinite9 years EU dividend, interest and royalty directives Yes Extensive network of DTT6490 DTT with Russia : WHT on dividend 5%*/15% *10% participation And € investment 5%*/15% *25% participation And € investment WHT on royalty and interest 0% Exchange of informationYes Limitation of treaty benefits Will not apply provided substansive business in one of the states


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