IRS Section 871(m) is a new piece of regulation from the United States Internal Revenue Services (IRS). Its aim is to impose tax on dividend-equivalent payments for derivative instruments with a US-based underlying equity. The regulation will come into effect on 1 January 2017. Positions entered into on or after this date will be subject to tax on any dividend payment. Listed options with an underlying US equity will also be covered by similar legislation from 1 January 2018.
Starting on 1 January 2017, Saxo Bank Group will process, withhold and pay dividend tax on behalf of our clients that trade CFDs.
If you currently trade or plan to trade single stock CFDs with an underlying US equity in 2017, please make sure we have your relevant tax documentation at hand as soon as possible – if not already provided to Saxo Bank Group. Based on the information we have on file, we will provide you with relief at source when applicable also for your US CFD positions. If we do not have any tax documentation on file from you, we will withhold at the default tax rate.