DTA abuse refers to cases where tax relief is claimed in an abusive or unlawful manner based on double taxation agreements. Switzerland has taken measures to counter this. The Federal Tax Administration circulars dated 31 December 1962, 17 December 1998 and 1 July 2010 contain detailed explanations. More information on DTA abuse can be found on the website of the State Secretariat for International Finance SIF.
Questions & answers to the DTA abuse
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) concerning the application of Swiss anti-abuse provisions to payments of dividends, interest and royalties from the EU to associated corporations in Switzerland (Article 15 of the Agreement on the Taxation of Savings).
Yes. The 1962 FCD and all related implementing regulations also apply to such revenue because Article 15 of the Agreement on the Taxation of Savings with the EC is materially a provision of a multilateral double taxation agreement.
Yes, since Article 15 of the Taxation of Savings Income Agreement is regarded as a multilateral double taxation agreement and thus has the same effects in this respect as other double taxation agreements.
No. In such cases, the R-Mb KS 1999 *) declaration must be submitted, as the special provisions of the 1999 circular also apply to revenue taxed at source under Article 15 of the Agreement on the Taxation of Savings with the EC. This applies in general, i.e. not only to revenue from the three countries mentioned, but to revenue from all EU countries (see previous answer). Of course, the supplementary forms mentioned above must still be submitted if relief is requested based on the double taxation agreements with Belgium, France or Italy.
The withholding tax relief (applies only to companies qualifying for this under Art. 15 of the Agreement on the Taxation of Savings) in the respective EU member states is governed by the implementing and procedural regulations applicable there. All of the respective procedural regulations in the individual EU states are not yet known. However, we will keep you informed about the current state of affairs in this area in the «News» section of our website (see e. g. our report of 19 January 2006 concerning the Netherlands).
Last modification 04.04.2022