AUSTRALIAN TAX TREATIES

Czech Agreement  

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

ARTICLE 10   Dividends  

1.  
Dividends paid by a company which is a resident of a Contracting State for the purposes of its tax, being dividends to which a resident of the other Contracting State is beneficially entitled, may be taxed in that other State.

2.  
However, those dividends may also be taxed in the Contracting State of which the company paying the dividends is a resident for the purposes of its tax, and according to the laws of that State, but the tax so charged shall not exceed:


(a) in Australia:


(i) 5 per cent of the gross amount of so much of the dividends as has been franked (with imputed company tax payments) in accordance with the laws of Australia relating to tax, where under those laws the rate of tax on franked dividends paid to a non-resident by a company which is a resident of Australia for the purposes of its tax does not exceed 5 per cent of the gross amount of the dividends;

(ii) 15 per cent of the gross amount of the dividends in all other cases; and


(b) in the Czech Republic:


(i) 5 per cent of the gross amount of the dividends if the dividends are paid to a company (other than a partnership) which holds directly at least 20 per cent of the capital of the company paying the dividends;

(ii) 15 per cent of the gross amount of the dividends in all other cases.

3.  
The term " dividends " in this Article means income from shares and other income assimilated to income from shares by the law, relating to tax, of the Contracting State of which the company making the distribution is a resident for the purposes of its tax.

4.  
The provisions of paragraph 2 shall not apply if the person beneficially entitled to the dividends, being a resident of a Contracting State, carries on business in the other Contracting State of which the company paying the dividends is a resident, through a permanent establishment situated in that other State, or performs in that other State independent personal services from a fixed base situated in that other State, and the holding in respect of which the dividends are paid is effectively connected with that permanent establishment or fixed base. In that case the provisions of Article 7 or 14, as the case may be, shall apply.

5.  
Dividends paid by a company which is a resident of a Contracting State, being dividends to which a person who is not a resident of the other Contracting State is beneficially entitled, shall be exempt from tax in that other State except in so far as the holding in respect of which the dividends are paid is effectively connected with a permanent establishment or fixed base situated in that other State. This paragraph shall not apply in relation to dividends paid by any company which is a resident of Australia for the purposes of Australian tax and which is also a resident of the Czech Republic for the purposes of Czech tax.




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