My father recently purchased shares in two German listed companies (ETR:ACX, ETR:ETG).
He is Irish resident/tax payer. I understand that withholding tax of 25% plus Solidarity tax of 5.5% (net tax rate of 26.375%) is charged on dividends at source in Germany.

Does anyone have any experience applying for an exemption or claiming back withholding tax from the German tax authority?
Particularly interested in which form he should use to confirm tax residency and applying for withholding tax refund.

I have emailed the German Tax authority (they have a foreign investors helpdesk) and will update here with that they advise.

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