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Notional interest on equity – Reference rates for Italy, Kazakhstan and Greece
19/10/2017

As we have reported previously a notional interest deduction on “new equity” has been introduced in Cyprus as from 1 January 2015.

The Cyprus Tax Department issued on 18 September 2017 a notification announcing the reference interest rates of the 10-year government bonds as at 31 December 2015 and 2016 for Italy, Kazakhstan and Greece. These are as follows:

Country

Interest Rates
31/12/2016 31/12/2015
Greece 8,361% 9,639%
Italy 1,930% 1,847%
Kazakhstan 4,204%

5,311%

It is reminded that the notional interest deduction is calculated based on a ‘reference interest rate’, which is equal to the yield on the 10-year government bond of the country where the new funds are/will be invested, plus 3%, with the minimum rate being the yield on the 10-year government bond of Cyprus plus 3%.

The minimum reference interest rate to be used for the tax year 2017 is 6,489%, being yield of 3,489% on the 10-year Cypriot government bond plus 3%.

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