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Agreement For Avoidance Of Double Taxation And Prevention Of Fiscal Evasion With Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

Whereas the annexed Convention between the Socialist Peoples Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and the Government of the Republic of India for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income has been ratified and the instruments of ratification exchanged as required by Article 25 of the said Convention ;

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 90 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961) and section 24A of the Companies (Profits) Surtax Act, 1964 (7 of 1964), the Central Government hereby directs that all the provisions of the said Convention shall be given effect to in the Union of India.

Notification : No. GSR 22(E), dated 1-7-1982.

TEXT OF ANNEXED CONVENTION, DATED 2-3-1981

CHAPTER I - SCOPE OF THE CONVENTION
ARTICLE 1 - Taxes covered - 1. This Convention shall apply to taxes on income imposed on behalf of each Contracting State or local authorities, irrespective of the manner in which they are levied.

2. They shall be regarded as taxes on income - all taxes imposed on total income, or on elements of income.

3. The existing taxes to which this Convention shall apply are :

(A)  With regard to the Socialist Peoples Libyan Arab Jamahiriya :

(i)  real estate revenue tax ;

(ii)  agricultural revenue tax ;

(iii)  taxes on commercial, industrial and professional profits, which comprise—

(a)  taxes on profits realised from commercial, industrial and professional activities,

(b)  taxes on companies ;

(iv)  taxes on profits realised by practising fee professions ;

(v)  taxes on wages, salaries and the like ;

(vi)  taxes on income realised abroad ;

(vii)  general tax on income ;

(viii) al-jihad tax (deference tax) ;

(ix)  income arising from depositing money in banks and savings accounts.

(B)  With regard to the Republic of India :

(i)  the income-tax including any surcharge thereon imposed under the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961) ;

(ii)  the surtax imposed under the Companies (Profits) Surtax Act, 1964 (7 of 1964).

4. The Convention shall also apply to any identical or substantially similar taxes which are subsequently imposed in addition to, or in place of, the existing taxes. At the end of each year, the competent authorities of the Contracting States shall notify to each other any changes which have been made in their respective taxation laws.

CHAPTER II - DEFINITIONS

ARTICLE 2 - General definitions - 1. In this Convention, unless the context otherwise requires,—

(a)  the terms “a Contracting State” and “the other Contracting State” mean “India” or “Libya”, as the context requires ;

(b)  the term “person” comprises an individual, a company and any other body of persons ;

(c)  the term “Company” means any body corporate or any entity which is treated as a body corporate for tax purposes ;

(d)  the terms “enterprise of a Contracting State” and “enterprise of the other Contracting State” mean respectively an enterprise carried on by a resident of a Contracting State and an enterprise by a resident of the other Contracting State ;

(e)  the term “competent authority” with respect to the Socialist Peoples’ Libyan Arab Jamahiriya means the Ministry of Treasury, and with respect to India means the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue).

2. For the purposes of this Convention, the term “resident of a Contracting State” means any person who, under the law of that State, is liable to taxation therein by reason of his domicile, residence, place of management or any other criterion of a similar nature.

3. As regards the application of the Convention by a Contracting State any term not otherwise defined shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the meaning which it has under the laws of that Contracting State relating to the taxes which are the subject of the Convention.

ARTICLE 3 - The tax home - Without prejudice to the provisions of this Convention, the Tax Home of any income shall be deemed to be the Contracting State in which the income arises.


ARTICLE 4 - Permanent establishment - 1. For the purposes of this Convention, the term “Permanent establishment” means a fixed place of business in which the business of the enterprise is wholly or partly carried on.

2. The term “permanent establishment” shall include especially —

(a)  a place of management,

(b)  a branch,

(c)  an office,

(d)  a factory,

(e)  a workshop,

(f)  a mine, quarry or other place of extraction of natural resources,

(g)  a building or building site which continues for a period of more than three months.

3. The term “permanent establishment” shall not be deemed to include —

(a)  the use of facilities solely for the purpose of storage and display of goods or merchandise belonging to the enterprise ;

(b)  the maintenance of a stock of goods or merchandise belonging to the enterprise solely for the purpose of storage and display ;

(c)  the maintenance of a stock of goods or merchandise belonging to the enterprise solely for the purpose of processing by any other enterprise ;

(d)  the maintenance of a fixed place of business solely for the purpose of purchasing goods or merchandise, or for collecting information, for the enterprise ;

(e)  the maintenance of a fixed place of business solely for the purposes of advertising, for the supply of information, for scientific research or for similar activities which have a preparatory or auxiliary character, for the enterprise.

4. A person acting in a Contracting State on behalf of an enterprise of the other Contracting State other than an agent of an independent status to whom paragraph (5) applies — shall be deemed to be a permanent establishment in the first-mentioned State if he has, and habitually exercises in that State, an authority to conclude contracts in the name of the enterprise, unless his activities are limited to the purchase of goods or merchandise for the enterprise.

5. An enterprise of a Contracting State shall not be deemed to have a permanent establishment in the other Contracting State merely because it carries on business in that other State through a broker, general commission agent or any other agent of an independent status, where such persons are acting independently in the ordinary course of their business.

6. The fact that a company which is a resident of a Contracting State controls or is controlled by a company which is a resident of the other Contracting State, or which carries on business in that other State (whether through a permanent establishment or otherwise) shall not itself constitute for either company a permanent establishment of the other.

CHAPTER III - TAXATION OF INCOME
ARTICLE 5 - Income from immovable property - 1. Income from immovable property may be taxed in the Contracting State in which such property is situated.

2. The term “immovable property” shall be defined in accordance with the law of the Contracting State in which the property in question is situated.


ARTICLE 6 - Business profits - 1. The profits of an enterprise of a Contracting State shall be taxable in the State where the enterprise is situated and also in the State where it has a permanent establishment, in which case, the tax shall be limited to the profits attributable to the permanent establishment.

2. Where an enterprise of a Contracting State carries on business in the other Contracting State through a permanent establishment situated therein, there shall in each Contracting State be attributed to that permanent establishment the profits which it might be expected to make if it were a distinct and separate enterprise engaged in the same or similar activities under the same or similar condition and dealing wholly independently with the enterprise of which it is a permanent establishment.

3. In the determination of the profits of a permanent establishment there shall be allowed as deduction expenses which are incurred for the purpose of the permanent establishment whether such expenses have been incurred in the State in which the permanent establishment is situated or elsewhere in accordance with regulations of the State in which the income is taxable.

4. No profit shall be attributed to a permanent establishment by reason of the mere purchase by that permanent establishment of goods or merchandise for the enterprise.

5. For the purpose of the preceding paragraphs, the profits to be attributed to the permanent establishment shall be determined by the same method year by year unless there is good and sufficient reason to the contrary.

6. Where profits include items of income which are dealt with separately in the other Articles of this Convention, then the provisions of those Articles shall not be affected by the provisions of this Article.

ARTICLE 7 - Shipping and air transport - Profits from the operation of ships or aircraft in international traffic shall be taxable only in the Contracting State in which the place of effective management of the enterprise is situated.

ARTICLE 8 - Associated enterprises - Where—

(a)  an enterprise of a Contracting State participates directly or indirectly in the management, control or capital of an enterprise of the other Contracting State, or

(b)  the same persons participate directly or indirectly in the management, control or capital of an enterprise of a Contracting State and an enterprise of the other Contracting State, and in either case conditions are made or imposed between the two enterprises in their commercial or financial relations which differ from those which would be made between independent enterprises, then any profits which would, but for those conditions, have accrued to one of the enterprises, but, by reason of those conditions, have not so accrued, may be included in the profits of that enterprise and taxed accordingly.

It is to be understood that the procedures available in the respective laws of each Contracting State in this regard shall be applied.

ARTICLE 9 - Dividends - 1. Dividends paid by a company which is registered in one of the Contracting States may be taxed in that State.

2. The term “dividends” shall be defined in accordance with the law of the Contracting State in which the company in question is registered.


ARTICLE 10 - Interest - 1. Interest arising in a Contracting State and paid to a resident of the other Contracting State may be taxed in the Contracting State where it arises.

2. The provisions of paragraph (1) shall not apply if the recipient of the interest being a resident of a Contracting State, has in the other Contracting State in which the interest arises, a permanent establishment with which the debt-claim from which the interest arises is effectively connected. In such a case, the provisions of article 6 shall apply.

3. Interest shall be deemed to arise in a Contracting State when the payer is that State itself, a political sub-division, a local authority or resident of that State.

ARTICLE 11 - Royalties - 1. Royalties arising in a Contracting State may be taxable in that State.

2. The term “royalties” as used in this article means payments of any kind as a consideration for the use of, or the right to use, any copyright of literary, artistic or scientific work, any patent, trade mark, design or model, plan, secret formula or process or for the use of, the right to use, industrial, commercial, or scientific equipment, or for information concerning industrial, commercial or scientific experience.

3. The term “royalties” as used in this article shall exclude rentals and other income in respect of cinematographic films. Such rentals and income shall, for the purpose of this Convention, be considered the profits from business.

ARTICLE 12 - Independent personal services - 1. Income derived by a resident of a Contracting State in respect of professional services or other independent activities of a similar character shall be taxable only in that State unless he has a fixed base regularly available to him in the other Contracting State for the purpose of performing his activities. If he has such a fixed base, the income may be taxed in the other Contracting State but only so much of it as is attributable to that fixed base.

2. The term “professional services” means independent activities according to the laws and regulations in force in each Contracting State.

ARTICLE 13 - Dependent personal services - Salaries, wages, and similar emoluments arising in one of the Contracting States may be taxable in the State where the services giving rise to that income are performed but if such income is realised from work carried out on a ship or aircraft operating in the field of international transport, it shall only be taxable in the State where the place of effective management of the enterprise is situated.

ARTICLE 14 - Directors’ fees - Directors’ fees and similar payments derived by a resident of a Contracting State in his capacity as a member of the Board of Directors of a Company which is a resident of the other Contracting State may be taxed in that other State.

ARTICLE 15 - Artistes and athletes - Notwithstanding the provisions of articles 12 and 13, income derived by public entertainers, such as theatre, motion picture, radio or television artistes and musicians, and by athletes from their personal activities as such may be taxed in the Contracting State in which these activities are exercised.

ARTICLE 16 - Pensions - Pensions and other similar income paid to a resident of a Contracting State in consideration of past employment shall be taxable only in that State.

ARTICLE 17 - Government functions/civil services - 1. Remuneration paid by the Government of one of the Contracting States to any individual for services rendered to that Government in the discharge of governmental functions shall be exempt from tax in the other State if the individual is not resident in that other State or is resident in the other State solely for the purpose of rendering those services, so provided, however, that such an individual has the nationality of that Contracting State.

2. The provision of this article shall not apply to payments in respect of services rendered in connection with any trade or business carried on by either of the Government for purpose of profits.

3. In this article, “Government” shall be deemed to include public corporation and any other similar parastatal bodies.

ARTICLE 18 - Students - 1. Payments which a student or business apprentice who is or was formerly a resident of a Contracting State and who is present in the other Contracting State solely for the purpose of his education or training receives for the purpose of his maintenance, education or training shall not be taxed in that other State, provided that such payments are made to him from sources outside that other State.

2. The provision of this article shall also apply to the income which the student or business apprentice may derive from an employment in the other Contracting State : provided that such employment is related to his study or training and/or that the income deriving there from is required by the student or trainee to meet his living expenses.

ARTICLE 19 - Professors, teachers and researchers - A professor, teacher or research worker from one of the Contracting States who receives remuneration for teaching or carrying out research work during a period of temporary residence not exceeding three months at a university, college or other institute of higher education or scientific research in the other Contracting State shall be exempt from tax in that other State, in respect of that remuneration, provided that the period of three months may be extended by similar periods.


CHAPTER IV - ELIMINATION OF DOUBLE TAXATION
ARTICLE 20 - Tax credits - 1. When a resident of a Contracting State derives income which has also suffered tax in the other Contracting State, the first-mentioned State shall allow a deduction from its tax on the income of that person equal to the tax in the other Contracting State : provided that the deduction shall not exceed that part of the tax, as computed before the deduction is given which is applicable to the income taxed in the other Contracting State.

2. Nothing in this Article contained shall prevent the granting of such further relief as may be appropriate under the provisions of the law of either Contracting State in respect of any amount by which the tax in case of the States exceeds the credit allowed on its account in the other State in accordance with the provisions of this Article.

CHAPTER V - SPECIAL PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 21 - Non-discrimination - 1. The nationals of a Contracting State shall not be subjected in other Contracting State to any taxation or any requirement connected therewith which is other or more burdensome than the taxation and connected requirements to which nationals of that other State in the same circumstances are or may be subjected.

2. The term “national” means—

(a)  all individuals possessing the nationality of a Contracting State ;

(b)  all legal persons, partnerships and associations deriving their status as such from the law in force in a Contracting State.

3. The taxation of a permanent establishment which an enterprise of a Contracting State has in the other Contracting State shall not be less favourably levied in that other State than the taxation levied on enterprises of that other State carrying on the same activities. The provision shall not be construed as obliging a Contracting State to grant to residents of the other Contracting State any personal allowances, relief’s and reduction for taxation purposes on account of civil status or family responsibilities which it grants to its own residents.

4. Enterprises of a Contracting State, the capital of which is wholly or partly owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by one or more residents of the other Contracting State, shall not be subjected in the first-mentioned Contracting State to any taxation or any requirements connected therewith which is other or more burdensome than the taxation and connected requirements to which other similar enterprises of that first-mentioned State are or may be subjected.

ARTICLE 22 - Mutual agreement procedure - 1. Where a resident of a Contracting State considers that the actions of one or both the Contracting States result or will result for him in taxation not in accordance with this Convention he may, notwithstanding the remedies provided by the national laws of those States, present his case to the competent authority of the Contracting State of which he is a resident.

2. The competent authority shall endeavour, if the objection appears to it to be justified and if it is not itself able to arrive at an appropriate solution, to resolve the case by mutual agreement with the competent authority of the other Contracting State, with a view to the avoidance of taxation not in accordance with the Convention.

3. The competent authorities of the Contracting States shall endeavour to resolve by mutual agreement any difficulties or doubts arising as to the interpretation or application of the Convention. They may also consult together for the elimination of double taxation in cases not provided for in the Convention.

4. The competent authorities of the Contracting States may communicate with each other directly for the purposes of reaching an agreement in the sense of the preceding paragraphs. When it seems advisable in order to reach agreement to have an oral exchange of opinions, such exchange may take place through a commission consisting of representatives of the competent authorities of the Contracting States.


ARTICLE 23 - Exchange of information - 1. The competent authorities of the Contracting States shall exchange such information as is necessary for the carrying out of this Convention and of the domestic laws of the Contracting States concerning taxes covered by this Convention insofar as the taxation there under is in accordance with this Convention. Information shall also be exchanged as is necessary for the prevention of fiscal evasion of taxes which are the subject of this Convention. Any information so exchanged shall be treated as secret and shall not be disclosed to any persons or authorities other than those concerned with the assessment or collection of the taxes which are the subject of the Convention.

2. In no case shall the provisions of paragraph (1) be construed so as to impose on one of the Contracting States the obligation —

(a)  to carry out administrative measures at variance with the laws or the administrative practice of that or of the other Contracting State ;

(b)  to supply particulars which are not obtainable under the laws or in the normal course of the administration of that or of the other Contracting State ;

(c)  to supply information which would disclose any trade, business, industrial, commercial or professional secret or trade process, or information, the disclosure of which would be contrary to public policy.

ARTICLE 24 - Diplomatic and consular officials - Nothing in this Convention shall affect the fiscal privileges of diplomatic or consular officials under the general rules of international law or under the provisions of special agreements.

CHAPTER VI - FINAL PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 25 - Entry into force - The Convention shall enter into force upon the exchange of instruments of ratification and its provisions shall have effect from the tax year commencing after the said ratification.

Any agreement reached shall be implemented notwithstanding any time limits in the national laws of the Contracting State.

ARTICLE 26 - Termination - This Convention remains in force until denounced by one of the Contracting States. Either Contracting State may denounce the Convention through diplomatic channels by giving notice of termination at least 6 months before the end of any calendar year beginning 5 years after the agreement enters into force. In such event the Convention shall cease to have effect after the end of the calendar year during which notice of the denouncing of the Convention is given by one Contracting State to the other.

In witness of the agreement reached as above, the signatories have today signed this Convention by virtue of the authority delegated to them for this purpose by their respective Governments.

Done in duplicate at Tripoli, on March 2, 1981 corresponding to 25, Rabiul Akhar 1390 P.D. in the English, Hindi and Arabic languages, all texts being equally authoritative except in the case of doubt, the English text shall prevail.


JUDICIAL ANALYSIS
Where assessee had already paid TDS amounting to Rs. 21,150 in foreign currency on his foreign income against his tax liability of Rs. 14,496, as computed in India under the Act, no demand for tax could have been made against the assessee—ITO v. Dr. B.K. Jain [1995] 52 ITD 367 (Jp.) (SMC).
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