Withholding taxes are imposed at source of income and are often applied to dividends, interest, royalties, rent and similar payments. The rates of withholding tax are often reduced by double taxation agreements.
Withholding tax rates applied on payments of interest and dividends in Greece are shown in Table 1.
|Natural Persons (residents)||10.0 %||15.0 %|
|Natural Persons (non-residents)||10.0 %||15.0 %|
Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) is an agreement between two or more countries for the avoidance of double taxation.
Greece signed DTAs which already came info force with the following jurisdictions:
There are also several agreements between Greece and other jurisdictions which were signed but haven't yet come into force:
There are 3 ways for jusrisdictions to exchange information on tax matters:
Spontaneous exchange of information is provision of information that is forseeably relevant to another party without a request being previously sent.
Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) enable exchange of information on request relating to a specific tax investigation, either criminal or civil.
Automatic information exchange allows jurisdictions to exchange information automatically, without having a specific tax investigation.
Greece signed TIEAs which already came info force with the following jurisdictions :
There are also several agreements between Greece and other jurisdictions which was signed but haven't yet come into force:
Greece signed the automatic information exchange agreement on 29 October 2014 and committed to start the automatic information exchange in September 2017.
Greece has signed bilateral agreements with 58 jurisdictions to automatically receive information:
Greece has signed bilateral agreements with 69 jurisdictions to automatically send information:
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) which became law in the United States in March 2010, focuses on reporting made by foreign financial institutions about financial accounts held by US taxpayers or foreign entities in which US taxpayers hold a substantial ownership interest. The FATCA-reporting is facilitated by Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs).
Greece agreed in substance to use FATCA on 30 November 2014 (Intergovernmental Agreement Model 1): the text of the IGA has not been released and financial institutions operating in Greece are allowed to register on the FATCA website consistent with the treatment of having an IGA in effect provided that Greece continues to demonstrate firm resolve to sign the IGA as soon as possible.