Cyprus: Double tax treaty between Cyprus and Jersey enters into force
Officials of Jersey and Cyprus signed a double taxation agreement (DTA) on July 11 2016 in London. The agreement – negotiations for which had lasted since 2013 – came into force on January 1 2018.
Senator Bailhache for the government of Jersey stated that "the signing of the DTA with Cyprus continues Jersey's firm and longstanding commitment to the international standards of transparency and information exchange".
"Jersey also pursues a good neighbour policy in relation to the EU and we are therefore delighted that with the signing of the DTA we will be further strengthening our political and business relationship with an EU member state. The signing of a DTA with Cyprus is particularly welcome because we have a great deal in common as international finance centres."
The treaty generally follows the OECD model tax convention for the avoidance of double taxation on income and capital.
A brief summary of the key provisions of the DTA follows below.
The permanent establishment definition in the treaty is in line with the meaning provided in the OECD model tax convention. In particular, any building site, construction or installation project constitutes a permanent establishment only if it lasts more than 12 months.
Withholding tax rates on dividend/interest/royalty payments
The withholding tax rate on the payment of dividends, interest and royalties is 0%.
Capital gains tax
Any gains from the disposal of immovable property will be taxed in the country where the immovable property is situated.
Any gains from the disposal of shares are taxable in the country in which the seller is located.
Exchange of information
The competent authorities of the countries will exchange information considered relevant for carrying out the provisions of the DTA or to the administration or enforcement of the domestic tax laws. The provisions of Article 25 have effect eight taxable years before the entry into force of the DTA.
With the conclusion of the DTA, Jersey became Cyprus' 61st tax treaty partner.
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