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The UK has a strong tradition of attracting international businesses which are expanding their operations or want a footprint in Europe. The UK has the most extensive tax treaty network in the world. Over recent years, the main corporate tax rate has been reduced significantly.

The UK holds a number of other key attractions for those who wish to establish businesses, among them: 

  • No withholding tax on dividends, irrespective of where the shareholder is resident;
  • UK tax exemption on qualifying foreign dividends;
  • Capital gains exemption where a UK resident company sells shares, if certain conditions apply;
  • A corporation tax rate of 20% with further rate reductions scheduled;
  • Double tax relief for foreign tax paid on dividends.

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