Article 9(B) of the Income Tax Law 2002 (as amended) provides for a notional interest deduction for tax purposes on new equity capital (ie, paid-up share capital and share premium) injected into companies and permanent establishments of foreign companies on or after 1 January 2015 to finance business assets, calculated by applying a reference rate to the new equity.

The reference rate is the higher of the 10-year government bond yield of Cyprus or the country in which the assets funded by the new equity are used, plus three percentage points in each case. The bond yield rates to be used are as of 31 December of the year preceding the assessment year.

The Tax Department recently announced the 10-year government bond yields as of 31 December 2018, which will be used as the basis for the notional interest deduction for the 2019 tax year for the following countries.

 

10-year bond rate

Reference rate for 2019

Armenia

6.385%

9.385%

Austria

0.484%

5.302%

Belarus (USD)

7.226%

10.226%

British Virgin Islands

N/A

5.302%

Bulgaria

0.966%

5.302%

Canada

1.965%

5.302%

China

3.261%

6.261%

Croatia

2.415%

5.415%

Cyprus

2.302%

5.302%

Czech Republic

1.884%

5.302%

France

0.705%

5.302%

Germany

0.284%

5.302%

Greece

4.346%

7.346%

Hong Kong

1.946%

5.302%

Hungary

2.971%

5.971%

India

7.261%

10.261%

Ireland

1.166%

5.302%

Italy

2.739%

5.739%

Kazakhstan

N/A

5.302%

Latvia

1.029%

5.302%

Luxembourg

0.522%

5.302%

Mauritius

5.38%

8.38%

Netherlands

0.383%

5.302%

Norway

1.754%

5.302%

Poland

2.812%

5.812%

Romania

4.811%

7.811%

Russia

8.72%

11.72%

Russia (USD)

5.02%

8.02%

Serbia

4.722%

7.722%

Slovakia

0.789%

5.302%

Slovenia

1.166%

5.302%

South Africa

9.206%

12.206%

Spain

1.413%

5.302%

Sweden

0.457%

5.302%

Switzerland

-0.197%

5.302%

Ukraine (USD)

10.78%

13.78%

United Kingdom

1.275%

5.302%

United States

2.685%

5.685%

For further information on this topic please contact Elena Christodoulou at Elias Neocleous & Co LLC by telephone (+357 25 110 110) or email (elena.christodoulou@neo.law). The Elias Neocleous & Co LLC website can be accessed at www.neo.law.

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