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The Financial Institution interest exemption under the US DTA

Published on 01 Feb 08 by "THE TAX SPECIALIST" JOURNAL ARTICLE

The Australian Taxation Office’s decision in ID 2007/2 considered the application of the exemption in the United States Double Taxation Agreement from source State taxation on interest paid to non-resident financial institutions. The decision considers the application of the exemption to a particular hybrid finance structure and denies the exemption based on an integrity measure in the treaty. The decision has important implications for cross-border hybrid finance. This article examines the reasoning behind the decision and questions whether the ATO has adopted an appropriate interpretation of these treaty provisions.

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Dr Philip Bender
Philip is a Barrister and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants practising in State and Federal taxation, superannuation and commercial law. He is also a sessional member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (although he still appears as a barrister in the tax list of that Tribunal). Philip advises and appears for taxpayers and revenue authorities in State and Federal courts and tribunals and has appeared on a number of occasions in the High Court. He has also been briefed by other government agencies including ASIC, the Official Trustee in Bankruptcy and the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office. Current at 01 October 2014 Click here to expand/collapse more articles by Philip BENDER.
 
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