Withholding tax on Swedish dividends is a source tax levied on dividends paid (by Swedish limited companies, for example) to individuals living abroad who have limited tax liability in Sweden.
Dividends paid to non-residents are normally subject to withholding tax at 30%. A lower rate may be applicable if this is specified by a tax convention between Sweden and the beneficial owner’s country of residence. Some international organisations, such as the UN, may be exempt from withholding tax on dividend payments in accordance with particular Swedish legislation.
To claim a refund of withholding tax on Swedish dividends, please fill in and submit form SKV 3740. Residents of Switzerland must apply by filling in and submitting form SKV 3742.
Please make sure you provide all the information requested. You must submit the following if applicable:
If you have filled in form SKV 3740, please send it to the Swedish Tax Agency at the following address:
171 06 Solna
If you live in Switzerland, you must submit your application form in triplicate (three identical copies) to the competent cantonal tax administration in Switzerland.
The Swedish Tax Agency’s processing times vary depending on the current volume and complexity of applications. We generally process applications in order of receipt. If any details are missing from your application, the Swedish Tax Agency will ask you to provide the information required. The processing time is therefore likely to be shorter if your application is complete on submission.
Please note that you will not receive an automated receipt when you submit your application. When the Swedish Tax Agency has processed your refund application, we will send you a decision notice by post.
Our processing times are currently longer than usual
Our processing times for withholding tax refunds are longer than usual at the moment. We apologise for the inconvenience and will do our best to process your application as quickly as possible.
You might find the tax relief at source system preferable to applying for a withholding tax refund. If you opt for tax relief at source, your paying agent will deduct a percentage of the dividend amount at the correct tax rate when making a payment to you. This means you will not need to apply for a withholding tax refund later.
If you would like tax to be deducted at source from future dividends that you receive from Swedish limited companies, you must contact the party that administrates your shareholding to check whether this is possible in your case. Please note that tax relief at source is not an option if your country of residence for tax purposes is Switzerland.
If you have paid withholding tax on Swedish dividends, you can request a certificate from the Swedish Tax Agency. We will issue the document in Swedish, along with an unofficial English translation. We will send it to you by post. To request a withholding tax certificate, please send the Swedish Tax Agency a letter or email:
171 06 Solna
email@example.com (Please write “Withholding tax certificate” in the subject line)
The Swedish Tax Agency issues withholding tax certificates promptly.