AUSTRALIAN TAX TREATIES
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.
Income derived by an individual who is a resident of one of the Contracting States in respect of professional services or other independent activities of a similar character shall be taxable only in that State. However, if such an individual:
(a) has a fixed base regularly available to him in the other Contracting State for the purpose of performing his activities; or
(b) in a year of income or in the year immediately preceding a year of assessment, as the case may be, stays in the other Contracting State for a period or periods aggregating more than 183 days for the purpose of performing his activities; or
(c) derives, in a year of income or in the year immediately preceding a year of assessment, as the case may be, from residents of the other Contracting State gross remuneration exceeding twelve thousand five hundred Australian dollars or its equivalent in Malta pounds from performing his activities in that State,
so much of the income derived by him as is attributable to activities so performed may be taxed in the other State.(2)
The Treasurer of Australia and the Minister responsible for finance in Malta may agree in letters exchanged for the purpose to variations in the amount specified in sub-paragraph (c) of paragraph (1) and any variations so agreed shall have effect according to the tenor of the letters. (3)
The term " professional services " includes services performed in the exercise of independent scientific, literary, artistic, educational or teaching activities, as well as in the exercise of independent activities of physicians, lawyers, engineers, architects, dentists and accountants.