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ETFs, following for example the US stock markets, are often offered domiciled in Ireland because of favorable taxation conditions. Is there an equivalent thing for individual stocks? Say I want to buy some stock, for example Netflix, I would have to look into the local (in this case US) taxation law to see whether they are acceptable. I also have to find out whether it means I have file for US taxes. It would be easier if the same principles that apply to ETFs would also apply here. Does a similar mechanism exist?


P.S. I happen to be a French tax resident at the moment.

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This might point you in the right direction: in the US, if you want to buy shares of a foreign stock you look to see if there's an "ADR" on a US stock exchange for that foreign company; you don't pay foreign taxes.. For example, my ex-wife owns ADRs in the Dutch company Ahold Delhaize, and got (I don't know what happens now) a dividend check from them every year.

We paid US income tax on those dividends.

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    ADRs are supposed to be subject to issuer-country tax by withholding and that has happened on every one I've held as a US individual at a (well-known) broker. On my statement I saw dividend +$x then withholding -$fractionofx every time. If your ex held directly (at the ADR level) the depository should have done that. (In contrast cap gains are taxed by the holder's jurisdiction.) – dave_thompson_085 Jun 11 at 4:53
  • @dave_thompson_085 interesting. The amounts were so small, I mat not have noticed it. – RonJohn Jun 11 at 5:09

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