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U.S. Liechtenstein Tax Information Exchange Agreement


December 2008
The U.S. and Liechtenstein signed on December 8, 2008 an agreement to allow exchange of information of tax matters between the two countries.
The tax informatin exchange agreement, TIEA, will provide the U.S. with access to information needed to enforce U.S. tax laws, including information relating to bank accounts in Liechtenstein, and access to information relating to nonresidents in both countries.
The aim of the information can be for tax purposes or for investigaton that could constitue a crime under the law.
The TIEA allows the U.S. to get information relating to 2009 onwards, or even information created before 2009, provided that the request relates to a post 2008 year investigation.
For more details please see the U.S.treasury release.


U.S. and New Zealand Tax Treaty


December 2008
The U.S and New Zealand signed on December 1, 2008 a new protocol updating the tax current tax treaty between the two countries.
The protocol relates, inter-alia, to excluding U.S. social security and unemployment taxes from the "taxes covered" article 2 of the treaty.
The new tax withholding rate for royalties between the two countries will be reduced from 10% to 5%.
The protocol will enter into force after ratification by both countries.
For more details please see www.ustreas.gov


U.S. Malta Double Taxation Treaty


August 2008
The U.S. and Malta signed a new tax treaty on August 8, 2008.
The treaty was signed by U.S. ambassador to Malta and Malta finance minister.
According to the U.S. treasury press room the agreement provides for elimination of tax withholding for cross-border dividend payment to pension funds.
The withholding tax rates for other dividends are 5%/15%.
The withholding tax rates for interest and royalties are 10%.
The treaty will enter into force after ratification by both countries.
For more detailed info please see www.treas.gov



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