AUSTRALIAN TAX TREATIES

French Convention  

CONVENTION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF AUSTRALIA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBLE TAXATION WITH RESPECT TO TAXES ON INCOME AND THE PREVENTION OF FISCAL EVASION  

ARTICLE 17   Pensions and Annuities  

1.  
Subject to the provisions of paragraph 2 of Article 18, pensions and annuities paid to a resident of a Contracting State shall be taxable only in that State.

2.  
The term " annuity " means any stated sum payable periodically at stated times during life or during a specified or ascertainable period of time under an obligation to make the payments in return for adequate and full consideration in money or money ' s worth.

3.  
Notwithstanding anything in this Convention, any pension or allowance that is paid by a Contracting State in respect of wounds, disabilities or death caused by war, or in respect of war service, and is exempt from tax under the law of that State, to a resident of the other Contracting State shall be exempt from tax in that other State.

4.  

(a) Contributions borne by an individual who is a resident of a Contracting State, and who renders services in the course of an employment in that State, to a pension scheme established and recognised for tax purposes in the other Contracting State shall, in determining the individual ' s tax payable, be treated in the first-mentioned State in the same way and subject to the same conditions and limitations as contributions made to a pension scheme that is recognised for tax purposes in that State, provided that:


(i) the individual was not a resident of that State, and was participating in the pension scheme, immediately before beginning to exercise employment in that State; and

(ii) the pension scheme is accepted by the competent authority of that State as generally corresponding to a pension scheme recognised as such for tax purposes by that State.


(b) For the purposes of subparagraph (a):


(i) the term " a pension scheme " means an arrangement in which the individual participates in order to secure retirement benefits payable in respect of the services referred to in subparagraph (a); and

(ii) a pension scheme is " recognised for tax purposes " in a State if the contributions to the scheme would qualify for tax relief in that State.



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