Guernsey signs new Double Taxation Agreement with United Kingdom

Posted: 06/07/2018

Guernsey has agreed a new Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) with the United Kingdom, replacing one originally in force since 1951.

The new agreement is based, broadly, on the OECD Model Tax Convention, which Guernsey has generally followed in its negotiations with other jurisdictions in recent years. To date, Guernsey has signed 13 full DTAs and 12 partial DTAs with other jurisdictions.

The text of the new DTA with the UK was negotiated alongside the Isle of Man and Jersey, with relevant industry experts from each of Crown Dependencies being consulted on the content throughout, and the provisions of the agreements are the same for all three Crown Dependencies.

The text of the DTA takes into account the recent international standards designed to prevent base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). Guernsey is committed to those principles.

A DTA is an agreement between two governments which sets out the rights to tax certain income. It attempts to ensure that a person or company does not get taxed twice on the same income (by the two governments in question). The new DTA between the UK and Guernsey also permits the exchange of information between the two governments.

Policy & Resources Committee President Gavin St Pier signed the DTA on behalf of the States of Guernsey in London. Deputy St Pier said: "While the previous Double Taxation Agreement with the UK has served both sides well for more than 60 years, it was important that a new agreement was negotiated which reflected the changes in international taxation that have occurred since the 1950s, and the island's commitment to meeting international tax standards including the most recent BEPS standards, set by the OECD.

"Given how close our trading relationship with the UK is, ensuring that individuals and companies understand the way that they will be taxed by each government is hugely important."

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