Russia has proposed to eliminate the reduced rate of dividend withholding tax from its double tax treaty with the Netherlands. The reduced 5% rate is to be raised to the full 15% of withholding tax on dividend payments made by a Russian subsidiary to its Dutch parent. The reduced diviend withholding tax rate applies on condition that a Russian company is owned for over 25% by a Dutch parent. Also investments made by the Dutch parent should amount to over 75,000 euro.
A similar proposal was received by Cyprus, Malta and Luxembourg.
The Dutch Ministry of Finance will discuss the matter with its Russian counterpart. Such negotiations on double tax treaties can take years.