After the ruling of the European Commission and the transitional period allowing the 1929 Holding Companies to survive until 31 December 2010, the 1929 Holding Company tax regime will soon disappear and the 1929 Holding Companies will, as from 1 January 2011, become fully taxable companies. In certain cases such change of status will, on the one hand, not have any major impact on the tax situation of such “newly” taxable company, whereas, on the other hand, such change may have substantial impact on the tax situation of the concerned companies and further tailored tax planning would definitely be advisable.
Doing nothing will have consequences in that a 1929 Holding Company will lose its tax exempt status as of 1st January 2011 and become, a fully taxable company subject to:
(i) corporate income tax and municipal business tax at the current aggregate rate of 28.59% (expected to rise to 28.80% in 2011) and to
(ii) net worth tax at a rate of 0.5% levied on the net assets of the company as at 1st January of each year.
Mondaq, 31 January 2011