AUSTRALIAN TAX TREATIES

German Agreement  

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

ARTICLE 13   Alienation of Property  

1  
Income, profits or gains derived by a resident of a Contracting State from the alienation of immovable property referred to in Article 6 and situated in the other Contracting State may be taxed in that other State.

2  
Income, profits or gains from the alienation of movable property forming part of the business property of a permanent establishment which an enterprise of a Contracting State has in the other Contracting State, including income, profits or gains from the alienation of that permanent establishment (alone or with the whole enterprise), may be taxed in that other State.

3  
Income, profits or gains of an enterprise of a Contracting State from the alienation of ships or aircraft operated by that enterprise in international traffic, or of movable property pertaining to the operation of those ships or aircraft, shall be taxable only in that State.

4  
Income, profits or gains derived by a resident of a Contracting State from the alienation of shares or comparable interests may be taxed in the other Contracting State if, at any time during the 365 days preceding the alienation, these shares or comparable interests derived more than 50 per cent of their value directly or indirectly from immovable property, as defined in Article 6 , situated in that other State.

5  
Gains of a capital nature from the alienation of any property, other than that referred to in the preceding paragraphs of this Article, shall be taxable only in the Contracting State of which the alienator is a resident.

6  
Where an individual was a resident of the Federal Republic of Germany for a period of at least 5 years and who, at the time of giving up residence in the Federal Republic of Germany, has become a resident of Australia, paragraph 5 shall not affect the right of the Federal Republic of Germany to treat the individual as having alienated shares or comparable interests at the time of the change of residence. If the individual is so taxed in the Federal Republic of Germany, Australia shall, in the event of an alienation of shares or comparable interests after the change of residence, calculate the capital gain on the basis of the value which the Federal Republic of Germany applied at the time of the change of residence unless the shares derived more than 50 per cent of their value directly or indirectly from immovable property situated in Australia to which paragraph 4 applies. In the case of shares or comparable interests deriving more than 50 per cent of their value directly or indirectly from immovable property situated in Australia to which paragraph 4 applies, the German tax shall be reduced pursuant to subparagraph 2(c) of Article 22 by the amount of Australian tax which would have been payable under the applicable Australian law if the shares or comparable interests had been sold at the value which the Federal Republic of Germany applied at the time of the change of residence.

7  
The provisions of paragraph 5 shall not affect the right of Australia to tax, in accordance with its laws, gains of a capital nature from the alienation of any movable property derived by an individual who is a resident of Australia at any time during the year of income in which the property is alienated, or was a resident at any time during the preceding 5 years. However, where that individual is a resident of the Federal Republic of Germany at the time of alienation, the amount of the gain that may be taxed by Australia shall not exceed the amount that would have been derived had the individual alienated the property at the time the individual ceased to be a resident of Australia unless the movable property consists of shares or comparable interests deriving more than 50 per cent of their value directly or indirectly from immovable property situated in Australia to which paragraph 4 applies. If the individual is so taxed in Australia, the Federal Republic of Germany shall, in the event of an alienation of movable property after the change of residence, calculate the capital gain on the basis of the value which Australia applied at the time of the change of residence unless the movable property consists of shares or comparable interests deriving more than 50 per cent of their value directly or indirectly from immovable property situated in the Federal Republic of Germany to which paragraph 4 applies.




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