Equities - rates, eligibility, availability of relief etc. - Israel

23.07.2021

Withholding tax

Standard rate on equities

0% - 25%

Holding restrictions

Yes

A dividend distribution on Israeli equities in Clearstream Banking may comprise various components, each subject to its own rate of withholding tax, that together constitute the total distribution payment.

The withholding tax rate may therefore be a weighted average of the different rates based on the different sources of income that make up the dividend distribution, as follows:

Component

Non-resident withholding tax rate

Regular income:

Dividend

25% or DTT rate

Approved Enterprise: a

The Grants Track

10% or 24%

The Improved Track (Ireland Track)

4%

The Strategic Track

0%

Corporations with Overseas Investors

15%

REIT funds:

Rate dependent on source of income

  1. On a minimum ILS 600mn in certain areas if certain requirements are met.
  2. The foreign investor holding in capital formation must be at least 25%.

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a. Dividends of an Israeli company derived from the income of an Approved Enterprise, if distributed either during the benefits period or during the twelve following years (or without limitation as to their distribution date, where paid by a foreign investment company out of its Approved Enterprise profits) shall be subject to a 15% dividend withholding tax.

The Approved Enterprise preferential rate of withholding tax may be subject to a possible reduction under tax treaties that make specific reference to the application of the Law for the Encouragement of Capital Investments.

Customers are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure that final beneficial owners are eligible for the tax rate applied, including the Clearstream Banking default rates.

It is the customer's responsibility to comply with this obligation. Neither Clearstream Banking nor its local depository has any direct or indirect liability towards the Israeli authorities in this regard.

Availability of relief through Clearstream Banking