Singapore and Laos Sign Agreement for Avoidance of Double Taxation

1. Singapore and Laos signed an Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation (DTA) on 21 February 2014.

2. The DTA was signed in Singapore by Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, and Mr Phouphet Khamphounvong, Minister of Finance of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

3. The DTA will encourage and facilitate cross-border trade and investment between Singapore and Laos by providing greater clarity on taxing rights and minimising the scope of double taxation between the two countries. Amongst other provisions, the DTA provides for lower withholding tax rates on cross-border payments of dividends, interest and royalties.
 
4.   The full text of the Agreement is available on the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore’s (IRAS) website here. The DTA will enter into force after its ratification by both jurisdictions.

Ministry of Finance
24 February 2014