In cases where a lower tax rate should be applied on the basis of a tax treaty, it is occasionally possible to reclaim part of the withheld tax in the source country. To reclaim excess paid withholding tax, a reclaim request needs to be submitted to the tax authorities in the source country. The complexity of the reclaim process varies per country.
Each country adopted its own reclaim procedure. Usually, these procedures are time-consuming, costly and require the cooperation of different parties. For this reason, it is seldom profitable to start a reclaim procedure.