AUSTRALIAN TAX TREATIES

Chinese Agreement  

AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF AUSTRALIA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE ' S REPUBLIC OF CHINA FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBLE TAXATION AND THE PREVENTION OF FISCAL EVASION WITH RESPECT TO TAXES ON INCOME  

ARTICLE 25   Exchange of Information  

1.  
The competent authorities of the Contracting States shall exchange such information as is necessary for carrying out the provisions of this Agreement or of the domestic laws of the Contracting States concerning taxes covered by this Agreement, insofar as the taxation thereunder is not contrary to this Agreement, in particular for the prevention of avoidance or evasion of such taxes. Any information received by the competent authority of a Contracting State shall be treated as secret in the same manner as information obtained under the domestic laws of that State and shall be disclosed only to persons or authorities (including courts and administrative bodies) involved in the assessment or collection of, the enforcement of prosecution in respect of, or the determination of appeals in relation to, the taxes covered by this Agreement and shall be used only for such purposes.

2.  
In no case shall the provisions of paragraph (1) be construed so as to impose on the competent authority of a Contracting State the obligation:


(a) to carry out administrative measures at variance with the laws or the administrative practice of that or of the other Contracting State;


(b) to supply information which is not obtainable under the laws or in the normal course of the administration of that or of the other Contracting State;


(c) to supply information which would disclose any trade, business, industrial, commercial or professional secret or trade process, or information the disclosure of which would be contrary to public policy.




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