Greece: Decrease of dividend withholding tax rate - update


Further to our Taxflash T19007, concerning the draft tax law proposing to decrease the withholding tax on dividend distributions from Greek equities from 15% to 10%, Clearstream Banking would like to inform customers that the respective law 4603/2019 has now been published in the Government Gazette (GG A48-14.3.2019).

Impact on customers

The amended tax rate will be applicable for income earned from 1 January 2019. 

Customers are however informed that Greek sourced dividend income is considered as earned at the time, when the issuer’s shareholders approve and decide the distribution of profits at the annual general meeting. The new dividend withholding tax rate of 10% will therefore apply to dividend distributions that are approved from 1 January 2019.  

Further information

For further information, please contact the Clearstream Banking Tax Help Desk, Clearstream Banking Client Services or your Relationship Officer.
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