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Italy and Switzerland Sign Tax Treaty Protocol and Roadmap for other Tax and Financial Issues

On 23 February 2015, officials from Italy and Switzerland signed a protocol to amend the 1976 income and capital tax treaty between the two countries. The protocol will be the second to amend the treaty, and will bring it in line with the OECD standard for information exchange. The protocol must be ratified before entering into force, and once in force will apply from the date of its signing, 23 February 2015.

The officials also signed a roadmap for other financial and tax issues. The roadmap includes:

  • Implementation of automatic exchange of information
  • Regularization of past assets through a voluntary disclosure program,
  • Further amendments to the tax treaty including lowering withholding tax rates on dividends and interest payments, amending the abuse provision and adding an arbitration clause
  • Reviewing the taxation of frontier (cross-border) workers
  • Removal of Switzerland form Italy's black lists and including Switzerland in Italy's white lists
  • Engaging in regular exchanges on other issues of mutual interests beginning with the proposed EU financial transactions tax, cross-border financial services and tax competition

Click the following links for the Roadmap on the Way Forward in Fiscal and Financial Issues published by the Italian government, and a   factsheet on the protocol and roadmap published by the Swiss government.

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