Market Taxation Guide - Iceland

17.12.2015

This Market Taxation Guide (Iceland) provides the following details:

  • Reference information about all taxes applied at source, through Clearstream Banking and its local depositories, to securities deposited in Clearstream Banking; and
  • Instructions for obtaining relief at source or a refund of withholding tax, where these are available, through Clearstream Banking.

New and improved tax information and procedures that become available will be included on an ongoing basis.

Important note:

This Market Taxation Guide (including any attachments and other links) is for informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be considered to be legal advice on any subject matter. Readers of this Market Taxation Guide, whether customers or otherwise, should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information included in this Market Taxation Guide without seeking appropriate legal or other professional advice.

Withholding tax

Debt securities exempt from non-resident taxation on interest a

Holding restriction

Withholding
tax rate

Relief
at source

Quick
refund

Standard
refund

No

0 - 20% b

Non-Residents of Iceland

Yes b

N/A

N/A

Icelandic Banks complying with article 3.2 of Act no. 94/1996

Yes

N/A

No

Icelandic beneficial owners

No

N/A

No

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a. Exempt debt securities (exemption from non-resident taxation) are those falling under scope of Article 1 of Act. no. 39/ 2013, Article 1 of Act no. 53/2014 and and Article 1 of Act no. 107/2015.
b. Clearstream Banking applies 0% non-resident withholding tax by default on coupon payments from above debt securities. Customers are therefore requested to provide the relevant documentation should they not qualify for the non-resident default rate applied. 

Other debt securities (not exempt from non-resident withholding tax)

Holding restriction

Withholding
tax rate

Relief
at source

Quick
refund

Standard
refund

No

10-20% a

Non-Residents of IcelandYesN/ANo

Residents of Double Taxation Treaty (DTT) countries

Yes

N/A

Yes

Tax Exempt Entities

Yes

N/A

No

Icelandic Banks complying with article 3.2 of Act no. 94/1996

Yes

N/A

No

Icelandic residents

No

N/A

No

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a. Clearstream Banking applies 10% non-resident withholding tax by default on coupon payments from above debt securities. Customers are therefore requested to provide the relevant documentation should they not qualify for the non-resident default rate applied.

Icelandic equities

Holding restriction

Withholding
tax rate

Relief
at source

Quick
refund

Standard
refund

No

20%

Non-Residents legal entity

No

N/A

No

Residents of Double Taxation Treaty (DTT) countries

No

N/A

Yes

Tax-exempt beneficial owners

No

N/A

No

Icelandic legal entity

No

N/A

No

Capital gains tax a

Debt securities exempt b from non-resident taxation on capital gains a

Holding restriction

Withholding
tax rate

Relief
at source

Quick
refund

Standard
refund

No

0 - 20% c

Non-Residents of Iceland

Yes c

N/A

N/A

Icelandic Banks complying with article 3.2 of Act no. 94/1996

Yes

N/A

No

Icelandic beneficial owners

No

N/A

No

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a. Gains realised on debt securities are considered as interest payments for tax purpose.
b. Exempt debt securities (exemption from non-resident taxation) are those falling under scope of Article 1 of Act. no. 39/ 2013, Article 1 of Act no. 53/2014 and Article 1 of Act no. 107/2015.
c. Clearstream Banking applies 0% non-resident tax by default on gains from transactions from above debt securities. Customers are therefore requested to provide the relevant documentation should they not qualify for the non-resident default rate applied.

Other debt securities (not exempt from non-resident withholding tax)

Holding restriction

Withholding
tax rate

Relief
at source

Quick
refund

Standard
refund

No

0 - 20% a

Non-Residents of Iceland

Yes a

N/A

N/A

Residents of Double Taxation Treaty (DTT) countriesYesN/AYes
Tax Exempt EntitiesYesN/ANo

Icelandic Banks complying with article 3.2 of Act no. 94/1996

Yes

N/A

No

Icelandic beneficial owners

No

N/A

No

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a. Clearstream Banking applies 10% non-resident tax by default on gains from transactions from above debt securities. Customers are therefore requested to provide the relevant documentation should they not qualify for the non-resident default rate applied.

Icelandic equities

Holding restriction

Withholding
tax rate

Relief
at source

Quick
refund

Standard
refund

No

20%

Non-Residents legal entity

Yes

N/A

No

Residents of Double Taxation Treaty (DTT) countries

Yes

N/A

Yes

Tax-exempt beneficial owners

Yes

N/A

No

Icelandic legal entity

Yes

N/A

No

Icelandic Banks complying with article 3.2 of Act no. 94/1996

Yes

N/A

No

Stamp Duty

There is no stamp duty withheld through Clearstream Banking on securities held in Clearstream Banking. Stamp duty may however be payable on specific transactions. Clearstream Banking does not assist in this regard. Please consult your tax advisor for further information.

Notes on tax reclaims

Customers warrant the completeness and accuracy of the information they supply to Clearstream Banking.

It is the customer's responsibility to determine any entitlement to a refund of tax withheld, to complete the forms required correctly and to calculate the amount due. Clearstream Banking is under no obligation to carry out any investigation in respect of such information.

With respect to tax reclaims in general, customers are reminded that Clearstream Banking accepts no responsibility for their acceptance or non-acceptance by the tax authorities of the respective country.