Market Taxation Guide - Germany

04.05.2022

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

  • Reference information about taxes applied at source, through Clearstream Banking1 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.

Additional and improved tax information and procedures that are 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

There is an effective withholding tax rate of 26.375%, which comprises a standard rate of 25% plus a solidarity surcharge (Solidaritätszuschlag; SolZ) of 5.5% of the standard rate.

Debt securitiesTrading
restriction?
Withholding tax rateRelief at
source
Quick
refund
Standard
refund

Yes

0% / 15% / 26.375%

Residents of Double Taxation Treaty (DTT) countries

No

No

Yes

Residents of Germany

No

No

No

Coupon payments subject to German withholding tax paid to a foreign investment fund pursuant to § 1 of the German Investment Tax Act (Investmentsteuergesetz; InvStG) (a)

Yes

No

Yes

EquitiesTrading restriction?Withholding tax rateRelief at
source
Quick
refund
Standard
refund

Yes

0% / 15% / 26.375%

Residents of Double Taxation Treaty (DTT) countries

No

No

Yes

Residents of Germany

No

No

No

Dividends payments subject to German withholding tax paid to a foreign investment fund pursuant to § 1 InvStG (a)

Yes

No

Yes

a. Customers can request Fund Status Certificates from the German Tax Authorities (in most of cases from the Federal Central Tax Office (Bundeszentralamt für Steuern; BZSt). If a foreign investment fund obtains and provides a Fund Status Certificate for classification of the fund pursuant to § 1 InvStG, the German withholding tax (Kapitalertragsteuer; KESt) will be reduced to 15% at source irrespective of the location of the fund. Customers must in this case provide a break down to disclose the fund company (identified by the Ordnungsnummer) and the relevant holdings of the fund company per single income payment to get taxation at a reduced rate of 15% (withholding tax standard rate including solidary surcharge). This per payment information must be provided to Clearstream Banking 30 calendar days after the record date of the taxable income event latest, using the existing Upload Beneficial Owner List functionality. If the Fund Status Certificate of a foreign investment fund is submitted after the payment date of the event, the overpaid KESt amount (11.375%) can be reclaimed by applying the standard tax refund procedure and presenting the relevant documents to the Federal Central Tax Office.

German funds

Trading restriction?Withholding tax rateRelief at
source
Quick
refund
Standard
refund

Yes

0% / 26.375% (a)

Residents of Double Taxation Treaty (DTT) countries

No

No

Yes

Residents of Germany

No

No

No

a. From 1 January 2018, no KESt and SolZ are deducted by Clearstream Banking for fund distributions of German funds, if evidence is provided that the fund is an investment fund pursuant to § 1 InvStG or a special investment fund pursuant to § 53 InvStG. For funds not certified accordingly the current tax deduction logic is applied; if no taxation base parts are delivered, the income amount is taken as the taxation base.

Capital gains tax

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

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.

Trading restriction

The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA D) of the U.S. Inland Revenue Service makes it unlawful for the issuer of the affected securities or the sales partners of such issuer to sell those securities, within 40 calendar days of issue, to a U.S. citizen or to any persons who have spent more than 183 days in the U.S.A. (thus qualifying as U.S. residents for tax purposes).


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1. “Clearstream Banking” refers to Clearstream Banking AG