AUSTRALIAN TAX TREATIES

Malaysian Agreement  

AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF AUSTRALIA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBLE TAXATION AND THE PREVENTION OF FISCAL EVASION WITH RESPECT TO TAXES ON INCOME  

ARTICLE 5   Permanent Establishment  

1.  
For the purposes of this Agreement, the term " permanent establishment " means a fixed place of business through which the business of an enterprise is wholly or partly carried on.

2.  
The term " permanent establishment " shall include especially -


(a) a place of management;


(b) a branch;


(c) an office;


(d) a factory;


(e) a workshop;


(f) a mine, oil or gas well, quarry or any other place of extraction of natural resources including timber or other forest produce;


(g) an agricultural, pastoral or forestry property;


(h) a building site or construction, installation or assembly project which exists for more than six months.

3.  
An enterprise shall not be deemed to have a permanent establishment merely by reason of -


(a) the use of facilities solely for the purpose of storage, display or delivery of goods or merchandise belonging to the enterprise;


(b) the maintenance of a stock of goods or merchandise belonging to the enterprise solely for the purpose of storage, display or delivery;


(c) the maintenance of a stock of goods or merchandise belonging to the enterprise solely for the purpose of processing by another enterprise;


(d) the maintenance of a fixed place of business solely for the purpose of purchasing goods or merchandise, or for collecting information, for the enterprise;


(e) the maintenance of a fixed place of business solely for the purpose of activities which have a preparatory or auxiliary character for the enterprise, such as advertising or scientific research.

4.  
An enterprise of one of the Contracting States shall be deemed to have a permanent establishment in the other Contracting State and to carry on business through that permanent establishment if -


(a) it carries on supervisory activities in that other State for more than six months in connection with a building site, or a construction, installation or assembly project which is being undertaken in that other State;


(b) substantial equipment is in that other State being used or installed by, for or under contract with, the enterprise; or


(c) it furnishes services, including consultancy services, in that other State through employees or other personnel engaged by the enterprise for such purpose, but only where those activities continue (for the same or a connected project) within the other State for a period or periods aggregating more than three months within any twelve-month period.

5.  
A person acting in one of the Contracting States on behalf of an enterprise of the other Contracting State (other than an agent of an independent status to whom paragraph 6 applies) shall be deemed to be a permanent establishment of that enterprise in the first-mentioned State if -


(a) he has, and habitually exercises in that first-mentioned State, an authority to conclude contracts on behalf of the enterprise, unless his activities are limited to the purchase of goods or merchandise for the enterprise; or


(b) there is maintained in that first-mentioned State a stock of goods or merchandise belonging to the enterprise from which he habitually fills orders on behalf of the enterprise; or


(c) in so acting, he manufactures or processes in that first-mentioned State for the enterprise goods or merchandise belonging to the enterprise.

6.  
An enterprise of one of the Contracting States shall not be deemed to have a permanent establishment in the other Contracting State merely because it carries on business in that other State through a broker, general commission agent or any other agent of an independent status, where that person is acting in the ordinary course of his business as such a broker or agent.

7.  
The fact that a company which is a resident of one of the Contracting States controls or is controlled by a company which is a resident of the other Contracting State, or which carries on business in that other State (whether through a permanent establishment or otherwise) shall not of itself make either company a permanent establishment of the other.




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