AUSTRALIAN TAX TREATIES

United Kingdom Convention  

CONVENTION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF AUSTRALIA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBLE TAXATION AND THE PREVENTION OF FISCAL EVASION WITH RESPECT TO TAXES ON INCOME AND ON CAPITAL GAINS  

ARTICLE 12   Royalties  

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Royalties arising in a Contracting State and beneficially owned by a resident of the other Contracting State may be taxed in that other State.

2  
However, those royalties may also be taxed in the Contracting State in which they arise, and according to the law of that State, but the tax so charged shall not exceed 5 per cent of the gross amount of the royalties.

3  
The term " royalties " in this Article means payments or credits, whether periodical or not, and however described or computed, to the extent to which they are made as consideration for:


(a) the use of, or the right to use, any copyright, patent, design or model, plan, secret formula or process, trademark or other like property or right;


(b) the supply of scientific, technical, industrial or commercial knowledge or information;


(c) the supply of any ancillary and subsidiary assistance that is furnished as a means of enabling the application or enjoyment of any such item as is mentioned in subparagraph (a) or (b) of this paragraph;


(d) the use of or the right to use:


(i) motion picture films; or

(ii) films or audio or video tapes or disks, or any other means of image or sound reproduction or transmission for use in connection with television, radio or other broadcasting; or


(e) total or partial forbearance in respect of the use or supply of any property or right referred to in this paragraph.

4  
The provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article shall not apply if the beneficial owner of the royalties, being a resident of a Contracting State, carries on business in the other Contracting State, in which the royalties arise, through a permanent establishment situated in that other State, and the right or property in respect of which the royalties are paid or credited is effectively connected with that permanent establishment. In that case the provisions of Article 7 of this Convention shall apply.

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Royalties shall be deemed to arise in a Contracting State when the payer is a resident of that State for the purposes of its tax. Where, however, the person paying the royalties, whether the person is a resident of a Contracting State or not, has in a Contracting State a permanent establishment in connection with which the liability to pay the royalties was incurred, and the royalties are borne by the permanent establishment, then the royalties shall be deemed to arise in the State in which the permanent establishment is situated.

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Where, by reason of a special relationship between the payer and the beneficial owner of the royalties, or between both of them and some other person, the amount of the royalties paid or credited exceeds, for whatever reason, the amount which might reasonably have been expected to have been agreed upon by the payer and the beneficial owner in the absence of such relationship, the provisions of this Article shall apply only to the last-mentioned amount. In such case, the excess paid or credited shall remain taxable according to the laws of each Contracting State, due regard being had to the other provisions of this Convention.

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[ ATO Notation: REPLACED by paragraphs 1 and 4 of Article 7 of the MLI] [3]

Refer to text box immediately following Article 28 of the Convention.

The provisions of this Article shall not apply if it was the main purpose or one of the main purposes of any person concerned with the creation or assignment of the rights in respect of which the royalties are paid to take advantage of this Article by means of that creation or assignment.



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