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Since the Federal Council decision of 13 March 2009 on administrative assistance in tax matters, Switzerland has concluded corresponding negotiations with over two dozen states. In the process, Switzerland has also been able to negotiate various benefits for the economy, such as reductions in withholding tax on dividends, interest and royalty payments, or the introduction of an arbitration clause. In addition, tax discrimination has been avoided and/or eliminated. This policy will be pursued, and further negotiations are envisaged with important countries.
The content of the agreement with the United Arab Emirates is confidential at first. The next step is for it to be disclosed to the cantons and business associations concerned in the form of a brief report so that they can submit their comments. The agreement will then be signed and subsequently presented to parliament for approval. The agreement can be ratified and enter into force once the partner state has also provided its approval.
The first ten DTAs with the extended administrative assistance clause were approved by parliament in the recent summer session. Further DTAs which have been signed in the meantime will be gradually submitted to parliament for approval.