India, Macedonia sign agreement on avoidance of double taxation

India and Macedonia signed a new agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion (DTAA) with respect to taxes on income here today.

The agreement was signed by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Poposki.

Once the DTAA enters into force, it will provide relief to taxpayers from double taxation and, thereby, stimulate the flow of capital, technology and personnel between both the countries and will further strengthen the economic relationship between the two countries, an official press release said.

According to it, the salient features of the agreement are:

*The agreement provides relief from double taxation to residents of India earning income in Macedonia and residents of Macedonia earning income in India.
*The agreement provides that taxation of dividend, interest and royalty in the source country will not exceed 10 %.
*The agreement provides for taxation of business income in the source country if the taxpayer has a permanent establishment there
*The agreement provides for taxation of capital gains from securities in the source country.
*The agreement has a ‘limitation’ of benefit article which provides that the benefit of this agreement will not be available to entity which has formed mainly to obtain benefits under this agreement.
*The agreement is based on international standard of transparency and exchange of information and provides for exchange of information (including banking information)concerning taxes.
*The agreement has a specific provision that the requested Party shall use its information-gathering measures to obtain the requested information even though that Party may not need such information for its own tax purposes.
*The agreement provides for the representatives of the competent authority of the requesting Party to enter the territory of the requested Party to interview individuals and examine records.
*The agreement provides for mutual assistance in collection of taxes due in other country.

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