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What is the most tax efficient way to extract profits earnt by a company’s branch positioned in South America?

The country has a DTT with the UK, and its CIT rate is 25% and a WHT rate on dividends of 12.5%.

Due to the DTT, can the company make the s18 CTA 2009 exemption, pay the 25% CIT, and then pay a dividend? – With the WHT being able to be reclaimed in the UK due to the DTT?

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16th May 2019 11:35

You need an accountant (who can start by explaining how to do branch accounting, as per your other question).

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to paul.benny
16th May 2019 14:25

Thanks for your answer.

However, if you don't know the answer feel free not to respond!

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to rae10000
16th May 2019 14:50

You're welcome.

You still need an accountant.

Someone who understands the difference between a branch and a subsidiary. (If you do mean a dividend, it sounds like your South American business is a subsidiary not a branch)

I doubt that your business gives products/services away for free. Professional advice is our business.

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to paul.benny
16th May 2019 15:49

The 'operation' is currently set up as a branch, but we can swap this to a subsidiary if more optimal.

I guess what I really want to know is.....can a foreign branch send profits back to the UK, especially if the s18 CTA 2009 exemption has been made, and not be subject to any WHT in the foreign country or CT in the UK?

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to rae10000
16th May 2019 16:16

The profits are already in the UK insofar as they are earned by the UK legal entity (albeit in the foreign branch).

If you are talking about repatriating the cash, that's a different question and you need an accountant that understands the tax laws where your foreign branch is located.

If you're also talking about incorporating a foreign company. Guess what. You need an accountant that understands the tax laws, company formation procedures, company reporting obligations in that country.

Your accountant should also be able to tell you whether it is lawful to retrospectively transfer transactions from your branch into the company (hint - it probably isn't).

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16th May 2019 12:40

This sort of tax planning should have been done before you considered foreign investment - what was the advice at the time?

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