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For information regarding any changes to the double taxation agreement with the UK, please contact our lawyers in Germany. We can provide comprehensive information on the current tax regime under the Treaty and on any changes that could take place for UK investors in Germany as soon as the effects of the UK`s exit from the EU come into force. If you live in two countries at the same time or if you live in a country that taxes your global income and you have income and profits from another country (and that country taxes that income on the basis of which it comes from that country), you may be taxed on the same income in both countries. This is called “double taxation.” In addition to double taxation agreements on income and capital taxes, there are also special double taxation agreements for inheritance and gift taxes as well as vehicle tax. There are also agreements for legal assistance, administrative assistance and information exchange. The exchange of information between tax authorities is particularly important for the detection and fight against tax evasion and evasion and to ensure good taxation. There is a list of current double taxation agreements on GOV.UK. The withholding provisions of the previous double taxation agreement have been revised and new amendments have been introduced with respect to dividends, interest and royalties from the United Kingdom and Germany. Under the new contract, dividends no longer contain all rights, meaning that a German investment fund will now benefit from reduced rates if dividends are distributed to a British company. Dividend payment rates have also been reduced: under Article 23, paragraph 1, of the Convention, double taxation is generally avoided for German taxpayers by exempting certain types of UK income from German taxation (the exemption method), including: real estate income in the United Kingdom (Article 6); and business income from a stable establishment of a German tax company based in the United Kingdom (Article 7). However, the exemption method is subject to certain conditions outlined below. The withdrawal agreement provides for a transitional period until 31 December 2020. Under the agreement, transactions with the UNITED Kingdom will benefit during the transitional period from the same VAT treatment as if the UK were still an EU member state.

Through its tax law, Germany intends to avoid both double taxation and double non-taxation of individuals and businesses. Everyone must pay their fair share of the tax in their place of residence or in the place where they operate. In both countries, a double taxation convention is in domestic law. For example, if you are not based in the UK and you have bank interest in the UK, that income would be taxable in the UK as UK income under national law. However, if you live in France, the double taxation agreement between the United Kingdom and France stipulates that interest should only be taxable in France. This means that the UK must waive its right to tax these revenues. In this case, you would be entitled to HMRC (in practice, this would usually be done on a self-assessment return) to exempt INCOME from UK tax. The Federal Department of Finance assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in the texts of the contract made available here. The officially published versions in the Bundesgesetzblatt are still the relevant texts.

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