Withholding rate of Tax in DTA Agreements

Usually, taxation of income of an enterprise in any State is on net basis, i.e., after allowing all relatable expenses. However, in case of non-resident recipients, who have no organisation of funds in the country of source, it becomes difficult for the source country to arrive at the taxable income using normal methods. Such income usually relates to dividends, interest, royalties and fees for technical services, shipping profits and aircraft profits. In order to remove uncertainties for both sides, the usual practice now is to specify in domestic laws, the rates of tax on gross basis. This tax is to be charged on dividends, interest and royalties or fees for services, which would be deducted at source from the payments, before they are remitted out of the country. Such retention of tax is termed as 'withholding tax'.

 

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