AUSTRALIAN TAX TREATIES
As amended by Belgian Protocol (No 1) and Belgian Protocol (No 2)
The Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (the MLI) has modified the application of this tax treaty. A synthesised text of the MLI and this tax treaty is available to facilitate the understanding of how the MLI modifies this tax treaty.
Interest arising in one of the Contracting States, being interest to which a resident of the other Contracting State is beneficially entitled, may be taxed in that other State. (2)
Such interest may be taxed in the Contracting State in which it arises, and according to the law of that State, but the tax so charged shall not exceed 10 per cent of the gross amount of the interest. (3)
The term " interest " in this Article includes interest from Government securities or from bonds or debentures, whether or not secured by mortgage and whether or not carrying a right to participate in the debtor ' s profits, and interest from any other form of indebtedness as well as all other income assimilated to interest by the taxation law of the Contracting State in which the income arises. The term does not include income which is paid in the form of interest but which is, in accordance with paragraph (3) of Article 10, to be treated as dividends. (4)
The provisions of paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not apply if the person beneficially entitled to the interest, being a resident of one of the Contracting States, carries on business through a permanent establishment situated in the other Contracting State, being the State in which the interest arises, and the indebtedness giving rise to the interest is effectively connected with that permanent establishment. In such a case, the provisions of Article 7 shall apply. (5)
Interest shall be deemed to arise in a Contracting State when the payer is that Contracting State itself or a political subdivision of that State or a local authority of that State or a person who is a resident of that State for the purposes of its tax. Where, however -
(a) the person paying the interest is a resident of one of the Contracting States and has in the other State or outside both States a permanent establishment in connection with which the indebtedness on which the interest is paid was incurred and the interest is borne by the permanent establishment, then the interest shall be deemed to arise in the State where the permanent establishment is situated;
(b) the person paying the interest is not a resident of either of the Contracting States but has in one of the States a permanent establishment in connection with which the indebtedness on which the interest is paid was incurred and the interest is borne by the permanent establishment, then the interest shall be deemed to arise in the State where the permanent establishment is situated. (6)
Where, owing to a special relationship between the payer and the person beneficially entitled to the interest or between both of them and some other person, the amount of the interest paid, having regard to the indebtedness for which it is paid, exceeds the amount which might have been expected to have been agreed upon by the payer and the person so entitled in the absence of such relationship, the provisions of this Article shall apply only to the last-mentioned amount. In that case, the excess part of the amount of the interest paid may be taxed in the Contracting State in which the interest arises according to the law of that State.