172G Authorised withholding agent.
(1) Subject to section 172H, section 172B shall not apply where a company resident in the State makes a relevant distribution to an authorised withholding agent for the benefit of a person beneficially entitled to the relevant distribution, not being the authorised withholding agent.
(2) For the purposes of this Chapter, a person shall be an authorised withholding agent in relation to relevant distributions to be made to the person by a company resident in the State if the person is an intermediary who—
(a) (i) is resident in the State, or
(ii) if not resident in the State, is, by virtue of the law of a relevant territory, resident for the purposes of tax in the relevant territory, and carries on through a branch or agency in the State a trade which consists of or includes the receipt of relevant distributions from a company or companies resident in the State on behalf of other persons,
(b) has entered into an authorised withholding agent agreement with the Revenue Commissioners, and
(c) has been authorised by the Revenue Commissioners, by way of notice in writing, to be an authorised withholding agent in relation to relevant distributions to be made to the person by companies resident in the State for the benefit of other persons who are beneficially entitled to the relevant distributions, which authorisation has not been revoked under subsection (6).
(3) An authorised withholding agent agreement shall be an agreement entered into between the Revenue Commissioners and an intermediary under the terms of which the intermediary undertakes—
(a) to accept any declarations and notifications made or given to the intermediary in accordance with this Chapter and to retain such declarations and notifications for a period of not less than 6 years,
(b) to make all such declarations and notifications available for inspection by the Revenue Commissioners when requested to do so by notice in writing from the Commissioners,
(c) to inform the Revenue Commissioners if the intermediary has reasonable grounds to believe that any such declaration or notification made or given by any person was not, or may not have been, a true and correct declaration or notification at the time of the making of the declaration or the giving of the notification, as the case may be,
(d) to inform the Revenue Commissioners if the intermediary has at any time reasonable grounds to believe that any such declaration made by any person would not, or might not, be a true and correct declaration if made at that time,
(e) to operate the provisions of section 172H in a correct and efficient manner,
(f) to provide to the Collector-General the return referred to in section 172K(1), and to pay to the Collector-General any dividend withholding tax required to be included in such a return, within the time specified in that behalf in that section,
(g) to provide to the Revenue Commissioners an annual report on the intermediary’s compliance with the agreement, which report shall be signed by—
(i) if the intermediary is a company, the auditor of the company, or
(ii) if the intermediary is not a company, a person who, if the intermediary were a company, would be qualified to be appointed auditor of the company,
(h) to allow for the verification by the Revenue Commissioners of the intermediary’s compliance with the agreement and the provisions of this Chapter in any other manner considered necessary by the Commissioners.
(4) The Revenue Commissioners shall not authorise an intermediary to be an authorised withholding agent unless the intermediary—
(a) is a company which holds a licence granted under section 9 of the Central Bank Act, 1971, or a person who holds a licence or other similar authorisation under the law of any relevant territory which corresponds to that section,
(b) is a person who is wholly owned by a company or person referred to in paragraph (a),
(c) is a member of
>the Irish Stock Exchange Limited< or of a recognised stock exchange in a relevant territory, or
(d) is in the opinion of the Revenue Commissioners a person suitable to be an authorised withholding agent for the purposes of this Chapter.
(5) The Revenue Commissioners shall maintain a list of intermediaries who have been authorised by the Commissioners to be authorised withholding agents for the purposes of this Chapter and whose authorisations have not been revoked under subsection (6), and, notwithstanding any obligation as to secrecy or other restriction upon disclosure of information imposed by or under any statute or otherwise, the Revenue Commissioners may make available to any person the name and address of any such authorised withholding agent.
(6) Where, at any time after the Revenue Commissioners have authorised an intermediary to be an authorised withholding agent for the purposes of this Chapter, the Commissioners are satisfied that the intermediary—
(a) has failed to comply with the agreement referred to in subsection (3) or the provisions of this Chapter, or
(b) is otherwise unsuitable to be an authorised withholding agent,
they may, by notice in writing served by registered post on the intermediary, revoke the authorisation with effect from such date as may be specified in the notice.
(7) Notice of a revocation under subsection (6) shall be published as soon as may be in Iris Oifigiúil.