AUSTRALIAN TAX TREATIES

Swedish Agreement  

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

ARTICLE 24   Methods of Elimination of Double Taxation  

(1)  
Subject to the provisions of the law of Australia from time to time in force which relate to the allowance of a credit against Australian tax of tax paid in a country outside Australia (which shall not affect the general principle hereof), Swedish tax paid under the law of Sweden and in accordance with this Agreement, whether directly or by deduction, in respect of income derived by a person who is a resident of Australia from sources in Sweden (not including, in the case of a dividend, tax paid in respect of the profits out of which the dividend is paid) shall be allowed as a credit against Australian tax payable in respect of that income.

(2)  
A company which is a resident of Australia is, in accordance with the provisions of the taxation law of Australia in force at the date of signature of this Agreement, entitled to a rebate in its assessment at the average rate of tax payable by the company in respect of dividends that are included in its taxable income and are received from a company which is a resident of Sweden. However, should the law so in force be amended so that the rebate in relation to the dividends ceases to be allowable under that law, credit shall be allowed under paragraph (1) to the first-mentioned company for the Swedish tax paid on the profits out of which the dividends are paid, as well as for the Swedish tax paid on the dividends for which credit is to be allowed under paragraph (1), but only if that company beneficially owns at least 10 per cent of the paid-up share capital of the second-mentioned company.

(3)  
Subject to the provisions of paragraphs (4) and (5) of this Article, where a resident of Sweden derives income which, in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement may be taxed in Australia, Sweden shall allow as a deduction from the tax on the income of that person, an amount equal to the income tax paid in Australia. The deduction shall not, however, exceed that part of the income tax, as computed before the deduction is given, which is appropriate to the income which may be taxed in Australia.

(4)  
Where a resident of Sweden derives income which, in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement, shall be taxable only in Australia, Sweden may include this income in the tax base but shall allow as a deduction from the income tax that part of the income tax which is appropriate to the income derived from Australia.

(5)  
Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1) of Article 10, dividends paid by a company which is a resident of Australia and to which a company which is a resident of Sweden is beneficially entitled shall be exempt from Swedish tax to the extent that the dividends would have been exempt under Swedish law if both companies had been Swedish companies. This exemption shall not be granted unless the principal part of the profits or income of the company paying the dividends arises, directly or indirectly, from business activities other than the management of securities and other similar movable property and such activities are carried on within Australia by the company paying the dividends or by a company in which it owns at least 25 per cent of the paid-up share capital.




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