Setting up overseas ― branch or subsidiary

By Tolley

The following Corporation Tax guidance note by Tolley provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:

  • Setting up overseas ― branch or subsidiary
  • UK tax issues

Although a UK company can do a reasonable amount of business in another country without a taxable presence in that country, eventually the company may need to consider whether to establish a more formal presence in such a country, generally by way of a branch or subsidiary.

The decision will often usually depend on commercial factors, particularly where there are regulatory requirements which demand, for example, a particular level of capital which is more easily satisfied through a branch structure where the parent company capital is taken into account.

Where there is no particular commercial pressure for one legal form over another, tax issues may influence the decision by taking into account the local country’s tax position for branches and subsidiaries. For example, the parent company should consider:

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