German update: High Court raises the bar for subject-to-tax clauses
In the May 2002 issue of International Tax Review (page 58), we reported on a decision by the Cologne Tax Court interpreting language contained in article 23(3) of the former tax treaty between Germany and Canada as a subject-to-tax clause and giving this clause precedence over provisions in the treaty by which items of income "shall be taxable only" in Canada. On appeal, the Federal Tax Court (FTC) has now overruled both the lower court decision and its own 1992 holding on point (judgment of December 17 2003, IR 14/02).
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