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Double Tax Treaties in Ireland

Updated on Monday 27th February 2023

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Many foreign companies opening subsidiaries or branch offices in another country are interested if any double taxation agreements have been signed by their resident country and the country they have opened a company in. Ireland is one of the countries with an extended network of double taxation treaties on all continents. Ireland has currently signed 72 double taxation agreement and 68 of them are enforced. At the moment, Ireland is negotiating with other countries in order to conclude more taxation conventions. The double taxation agreements Ireland signed refer to the direct taxes: the income tax, the corporate tax and the capital gains tax. Ireland is also one of the countries that amended its double taxation agreements with the new OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) provisions on tax transparency. If you are a foreign businessmen interested in company formation in Ireland, our local experts can tell you if there is a double tax treaty signed by your country of residence and Ireland.

What are the provisions of Irish taxation agreements?

Almost all of Ireland’s double taxation agreements provide a zero withholding tax on interest for certain partner countries, or zero tax rates for certain types of interests only. The exceptions from this rule are Australia, Chile, Israel and Turkey that benefit from reduced tax rates on interests. Other double tax treaties provide tax exemptions for royalty payments made by Irish companies to foreign shareholders. Our experts in Ireland company formation matters can help foreign investors benefit from the provisions stipulated by the double tax agreements.

According to the Irish Taxes Consolidation Acts (TCA) adopted in 1997, direct taxes will benefit from relief against double taxation. Among the incomes relieved from double taxation are dividends from foreign subsidiaries, capital gains on foreign assets and profits earned by foreign branch offices in Ireland.

As an EU member state, Ireland also offers tax relief under the EU Parent-Subsidiaries Directive, 90/435/EEC, under the EU Interests and Royalties Directive, 2003/49/EC and the EU Mergers Directive, 90/434/EEC. Foreign companies operating as subsidiaries or branch offices that are involved in trading goods in the EU must also verify if they have to apply for an EORI number in Ireland

What are the countries Ireland has concluded double taxation agreements with?

Among the countries Ireland has double taxation treaties with are:

  1. in Europe: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland,  Portugal and the United Kingdom;
  2. in Asia: Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Qatar, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates;
  3. in North and South America Ireland has signed double tax treaties with the United States, Canada, Chile and Mexico.

Ireland has also concluded double taxation agreements with Russia and New Zealand.

You can contact us if you want to open a company and want to know if your country has a tax treaty with Ireland. Our specialists in company formation in Ireland will also help you with the business registration procedure and with the process of VAT registration in Ireland.


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