European fund industry needs ‘critical’ tax reforms: report says

Tue Sep 21, 2010

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There should not be tax leakage between the master and feeder fund according to a report published by the European Fund and Asset Management Association and KPMG’s European Investment Management practice.

The 120 page report, Analysis of the tax implications of UCITS IV , states it is important that the conversion of a UCITS into a feeder fund does not have adverse tax consequences for the fund or investors.

Peter de Proft

Under UCITS IV, a feeder fund will be allowed to invest its assets in another fund, a master fund. As it currently stands, certain member states levy withholding taxes on cross-border dividend distributions to foreign feeders, or impose tax on redemptions in the country where the master fund is located.

The report adds: "Investing via a master fund could give rise to additional tax charges. If a country levies withholding tax on distributions from a master fund to a feeder fund, or a capital gains tax when the feeder fund...

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H

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