South Korea: New disclosure requirements for Depository Receipt holders


Further to our Announcement A12074, dated 4 April 2012, we hereby remind customers of Clearstream Banking1 that, effective

1 December 2012

changes that the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance (“MoSF”) has implemented in the Korean withholding tax relief process will come into force.

In order to benefit from the reduced rate of withholding tax provided for under the terms of a Double Taxation Treaty (DTT) with South Korea, all customers holding Korean American and Global Depository Receipts (ADRs and GDRs) will, from the above date, be required to disclose the name, complete street address and personal identification (ID) number of each respective beneficial owner.

Personal identification (ID) number

The personal ID number to be provided depends on the beneficial owner’s country of residence, as follows:

  • In jurisdictions such as the U.S.A., where a Taxpayer Identification Number (“TIN”), such as an SSN or EIN, is issued, the TIN is the number that must be provided as the personal ID number.
  • For jurisdictions such as Japan, where TINs are not issued, a valid personal ID number must be used in place of a TIN.

    For these jurisdictions, valid personal ID numbers include, but are not limited to, (for individuals) date of birth, passport number, driver’s licence number, and (for entities) resident registration number and date of establishment or date of registration.

In addition, entities that have no legal or fiscal personality (such as partnerships, trusts, Regulated Investment Companies (RICs) and limited liability companies, with the exception of incorporated funds - for example, Mutual Funds, Pension Funds) will from the above date be required to disclose their underlying beneficial owners.

Entitlement basis

Entitlement to benefits under a DTT will be determined based on the entitlement of the beneficial owners.

For example, a partnership will no longer be able to claim benefits on its own behalf; treaty benefits will be determined based on the eligibility of each underlying member. To claim a reduced rate of withholding tax, the partnership will have to provide the name, complete street address, and personal ID number of each underlying member.

Important notes

For any holder who does not provide the required underlying information, or if the same address and/or personal ID number are improperly used for multiple beneficial owners, the statutory rate of withholding (currently 22%) will be applied.

The new tax laws will not impact the reclaim process with regard to ADRs and GDRs for dividend events with record dates at the end of June 2012.

The maximum withholding tax rate (currently 22%) will be applied to any claimant for whom this information has either not been provided within the deadline or is incomplete or inaccurate.

Deadline for submission of information to Clearstream

The deadline by which the customer must provide us with the aforementioned beneficial owner details will be published as a pre-notification per event.


The information contained in this Announcement is for information purposes only and may be subject to change. We endeavour to provide up-to-date information on local requirements as new information becomes available.

Further information

For further information, customers may contact the Clearstream Banking Tax Help Desk on:

Telephone:+352-243-32835+49-(0) 69-2 11-1 3821
Fax:+352-243-632835+49-(0) 69-2 11-61 3821

or Clearstream Banking Customer Service or their Relationship Officer.

1. Clearstream Banking refers collectively to Clearstream Banking AG, registered office at 61, Mergenthalerallee, 65760 Eschborn, Germany and registered in the Register B of the Amtsgericht Frankfurt am Main, Germany under number HRB 7500 (CBF) and Clearstream Banking, société anonyme, registered office at 42, avenue John F. Kennedy, L-1855 Luxembourg, and registered with the Luxembourg Register of Commerce and Companies under number B-9248 (CBL).

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