AUSTRALIAN TAX TREATIES

New Zealand Convention  

CONVENTION BETWEEN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBLE TAXATION WITH RESPECT TO TAXES ON INCOME AND FRINGE BENEFITS AND THE PREVENTION OF FISCAL EVASION  

CHAPTER III - TAXATION OF INCOME AND FRINGE BENEFITS  

ARTICLE 15   Fringe Benefits  

1.  
Where, except for the application of this Article, a fringe benefit is taxable in both Contracting States the benefit will be taxable only in the Contracting State that has the sole or primary taxing right in accordance with the Convention in respect of salary or wages from the employment to which the benefit relates.

2.  
For the purposes of this Article:


a) " fringe benefit " includes a benefit provided to an employee or to an associate of an employee by:


(i) an employer;

(ii) an associate of an employer; or

(iii) a person under an arrangement between that person and the employer, associate of an employer or another person in respect of the employment of that employee,
and includes an accommodation allowance or housing benefit so provided but does not include a benefit arising from the acquisition of an option over shares under an employee share scheme;


b) a Contracting State has a " primary taxing right " to the extent that a taxing right in respect of salary or wages from the relevant employment is allocated to that State in accordance with this Convention and the other Contracting State is required to provide relief for the tax imposed in respect of such remuneration by the first-mentioned State.




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