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Stock Trading on Foreign Stock Exchanges

We arrange purchase/sale on the stock exchanges in the following countries:

  • France
  • Japan
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Austria
  • USA
  • United Kingdom

ETFs trading on foreign stock exchanges

Details of individual ETFs are provided directly at the websites of issuers:

- iShares Germany
- iShares US
- db x-trackers
- ComStage
- EasyETF

Basic product operations:

  • Purchase/Sale on stock exchange
  • Intraday trades (trading before settlement)

ETCs trading on foreign stock exchanges

Details of individual ETFs are provided directly at the websites of issuers:

- iShares
- db-X ETC
- ETFS

Basic product operations:

  • Purchase/Sale on stock exchange
  • Itraday trades (trading before settlement)

Setting up conditions

  • Investment services Contract
  • Opened investment account in the currency of the trade
  • The minimum investment volume is not set

Your benefits

  • The possibility of above-average yield

Details you should be aware of

  • Risk of possible loss of the investment or the entire amount of the investment at the cost of options to achieve above-average yield

Taxation of yields

Natural person - non-entrepreneur

Capital yield

Change of the conditions governing the income tax exemption with regard to the sale of securities
As of 1 January 2014 the statutory measure concerning taxation of securities comes into force.
 
Extension of the time test from 6 months to 3 years
Time test shall mean the shortest period of time during which it is necessary to keep the securities after their purchase in order to have the yield from their subsequent sale exempted from the income tax. Thus the importance of the time test consists in the fact that if the relevant security is held for a longer period than the determined minimum time after being purchased, the yields from the sale of such security are subsequently exempted from income tax. Where the income from the sale of securities is realized before the time-limit set for the time test such income is taxed. Hence the citizens have to state the income in the tax returns.
 
The time test for the income tax exemption applying to the sale of securities is changed from six months to three years. The new time test shall apply only to the investments made after 1 January 2014. In case of investments realized by 31 December 2013 the time test of six months shall apply.
 
The annual limit of CZK 100,000 applying to the exemption from the income tax on sale of securities
Regardless of the length of holding, income from the sale of securities and participation certificates (in case of termination of a unit trust) will be tax exempted if the sum of such income does not exceed the amount of CZK 100,000 in the taxable period. Therefore in case that the securities are sold for less than CZK 100,000 in the relevant year the income earned from such sale will be exempted from the income tax. On contrary, in case the securities are sold for more than CZK 100,000 then the obligation to state such income in the tax return will arise if the time test is failed. Such tax return can be applied to assert against such income also the expenses, or purchase prices for which the sold securities were acquired.
 
Shortening of the period for exemption from the sale of securities from 5 to 3 years
As for the persons whose overall total share in the registered capital or the voting rights in the company achieved at least 5% in the period of 24 months prior to their sale, the income from the sale of the relevant security will be newly tax exempted if the time between the acquisition and transfer of such security in case of its sale exceeds the period of 3 years (so far 5 years).

Dividend (coupon) yield

  • The dividend / coupon yield may be liable to foreign withholding tax whose amount differs pursuant to the country in which the company's registered office is located; the dividend / coupon paid out is reduced by the amount of the foreign tax; the gross yield is included in the tax base, and the tax obligation may be reduced by the foreign tax by means of setoff
  • If a higher tax is withheld than allowed by the international tax contract (normally 15%), it is possible to ask the respective foreign country to refund the difference between the paid tax and the tax pursuant to the international tax contract

Interest yields upon mortgage-backed bonds issued till 31/12/2007 are not liable to tax. Interest yields upon mortgage-backed bonds issued after 01/01/2008 are liable to tax.

Natural person - entrepreneur (securities are included in business assets)

Capital yield

  • The profit from sale is liable to income tax (without regard to whether the period between the purchase and sale exceeded 3 years or not)

Dividend (coupon) yield

  • The dividend / coupon yield may be liable to foreign withholding tax whose amount differs pursuant to the country in which the company's registered office is located; the dividend / coupon paid out is reduced by the amount of the foreign tax; the gross yield is included in the tax base, and the tax obligation may be reduced by the foreign tax by means of setoff
  • If a higher tax is withheld than allowed by the international tax contract (normally 15%), it is possible to ask the respective foreign country to refund the difference between the paid tax and tax pursuant to the international tax contract
    Interest yields upon mortgage-backed bonds issued till 31/12/2007 are not liable to tax. Interest yields upon mortgage-backed bonds issued after 01/01/2008 are liable to tax.

Legal person

Capital yield

  • The profit from sale is liable to income tax (without regard to whether the period between the purchase and sale exceeded 3 years or not)

Dividend (or coupon) yield

  • The dividend / coupon yield may be liable to foreign withholding tax whose amount differs pursuant to the country in which the company's registered office is located; the dividend / coupon paid out is reduced by the amount of the foreign tax; the gross yield is included in the tax base, and the tax obligation may be reduced by the foreign tax by means of setoff
  • If a higher tax is withheld than allowed by the international tax contract (normally 15%), it is possible to ask the respective foreign country to refund the difference between the paid tax and tax pursuant to the international tax contract.

Interest yields upon mortgage-backed bonds issued by 31/12/2007 are not liable to tax. Interest yields upon mortgage-backed bonds issued after 01/01/2008 are liable to tax.

Important notice:
Česká spořitelna, a.s. would like to note that this materials does not represent tax consultancy and it is of the informative nature only. Česká spořitelna a.s. is not responsible for any damage or loss incurred as a consequence of the use of information contained in this document. The use of the stated information should be consulted with accounting, tax or legal advisors.





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