INTERNATIONAL TAX AGREEMENTS ACT 1953
(Repealed by No 45 of 2011)
Sch 5B repealed by No 45 of 2011, s 3 and Sch 1 item 67, to remove the text of the Second Singapore Protocol from this Act, effective 27 June 2011. For transitional provisions see note under s 3(1) . Sch 5B formerly read:
SCHEDULE 5B - The Second Singapore Protocol
Note: See section 3 .SECOND PROTOCOL AMENDING THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBLE TAXATION AND THE PREVENTION OF FISCAL EVASION WITH RESPECT TO TAXES ON INCOME AS AMENDED BY THE PROTOCOL OF 16 OCTOBER 1989.
Article 19 of the Agreement is omitted and the following Article is substituted:" ARTICLE 19
The competent authorities of the Contracting States shall exchange such information as is foreseeably relevant for carrying out the provisions of this Agreement or to the administration or enforcement of the domestic laws concerning taxes of every kind and description imposed on behalf of the Contracting States, insofar as the taxation thereunder is not contrary to the Agreement. The exchange of information is not restricted by Articles 1A and 1.
Any information received under paragraph 1 by a Contracting State shall be treated as secret in the same manner as information obtained under the domestic laws of that State and shall be disclosed only to persons or authorities (including courts and administrative bodies) concerned with the assessment or collection of, the enforcement or prosecution in respect of, the determination of appeals in relation to the taxes referred to in paragraph 1, or the oversight of the above. Such persons or authorities shall use the information only for such purposes. They may disclose the information in public court proceedings or in judicial decisions.
In no case shall the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2 be construed so as to impose on a Contracting State the obligation:
a) to carry out administrative measures at variance with the laws and administrative practice of that or of the other Contracting State;
b) to supply information which is not obtainable under the laws or in the normal course of the administration of that or of the other Contracting State;
c) to supply information which would disclose any trade, business, industrial, commercial or professional secret or trade process, or information, the disclosure of which would be contrary to public policy (ordre public).
If information is requested by a Contracting State in accordance with this Article, the other Contracting State shall use its information gathering measures to obtain the requested information, even though that other State may not need such information for its own tax purposes. The obligation contained in the preceding sentence is subject to the limitations of paragraph 3 but in no case shall such limitations be construed to permit a Contracting State to decline to supply information solely because it has no domestic interest in such information.
In no case shall the provisions of paragraph 3 be construed to permit a Contracting State to decline to supply information solely because the information is held by a bank, other financial institution, nominee or person acting in an agency or a fiduciary capacity or because it relates to ownership interests in a person. "
The Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Singapore shall notify each other through the diplomatic channel of the completion of their respective internal procedures required for the bringing into force of this Protocol which shall form an integral part of the Agreement. The Protocol shall enter into force on the thirtieth day after the date of the last notification, and thereupon the Protocol shall have effect.
This Protocol, which shall form an integral part of the Agreement, shall remain in force as long as the Agreement remains in force and shall apply as long as the Agreement itself is applicable.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, duly authorised thereto, have signed this Protocol.
DONE in duplicate at Canberra, on this eighth day of September 2009.
For the Government of Australia: For the Government of the Republic of Singapore: Senator the Hon Nicholas Sherry HE Albert Chua Assistant Treasurer High Commissioner
Sch 5B inserted by No 115 of 2010, s 3 and Sch 1 item 7, effective 9 November 2010. The Protocol came into force 22 December 2010 (see Art II above for information on the coming into force of this Protocol).