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This is a draft item of legislation. This draft has since been made as a UK Statutory Instrument: The Double Taxation Relief and International Tax Enforcement (Singapore) Order 2012 No. 3078
Draft Order in Council laid before the House of Commons under section 5(2) of the Taxation (International and Other Provisions) Act 2010 and section 173(7) of the Finance Act 2006, for approval by resolution of that House.
Draft Statutory Instruments
Capital Gains Tax
[day] [Month] 2012
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the [date] day of [Month] 2012
The Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty in Council
A draft of this Order was laid before the House of Commons in accordance with section 5(2) of the Taxation (International and Other Provisions) Act 2010(1) and 173(7) of the Finance Act 2006(2) and approved by a resolution of that House.
Accordingly, Her Majesty, in exercise of the powers conferred upon Her by section 2 of the Taxation (International and Other Provisions) Act 2010 and section 173(1) to (3) of the Finance Act 2006, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, orders as follows—
1. This Order may be cited as the Double Taxation Relief and International Tax Enforcement (Singapore) Order 2012.
2. It is declared that—
(a)the arrangements specified in the Protocol set out in the Schedule to this Order, which vary the arrangements set out in the Schedule of the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Singapore) Order 1997(3) have been made with the Government of the Republic of Singapore;
(b)the arrangements have been made with a view to affording relief from double taxation in relation to income tax, corporation tax, capital gains tax and taxes of a similar character imposed by the laws of the Republic of Singapore and for the purpose of assisting international tax enforcement; and
(c)it is expedient that the arrangements should have effect.
Clerk of the Privy Council
(This note is not part of the Order)
The Schedule to this Order contains a Protocol (“the Protocol”) which further amends an agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Singapore for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with Respect to Taxes on Income (“the Agreement”). The Agreement was scheduled to the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Singapore) Order 1997 (S.I. 1997/2988) and previously amended by the arrangements scheduled to the Double Taxation Relief and International Tax Enforcement (Singapore) Order 2010 (S.I. 2010/2685). This Order brings the Protocol into effect.
The Agreement aims to eliminate the double taxation of income arising in one country and paid to residents of the other country. It does this by allocating the taxing rights that each country has under its domestic law over the same income, and/or by providing relief from double taxation. It also has specific measures which combat discriminatory tax treatment and provide for assistance in international tax enforcement. The Protocol continues this approach.
The Protocol amends the Articles of the Agreement relating to residence, interest, dividends, royalties and independent personal services and brings them into line with the approach adopted in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (“OECD”) Model Tax Convention on Income and on Capital.
Article 1 provides for citation.
Article 2 makes a declaration as to the effect and content of the Protocol.
The United Kingdom will notify Singapore upon completion of the legislative procedures required for the Protocol to enter force. Singapore will then notify the United Kingdom when it has also completed its legislative procedures and the Protocol will enter force on the date of that notification. It will take effect as follows:
(a)in the United Kingdom:
(i)in respect of income tax and capital gains tax, for any year of assessment beginning on or after 6th April in the calendar year next following that in which the Protocol enters into force;
(ii)in respect of corporation tax, for any financial year beginning on or after 1st April in the calendar year next following that in which the Protocol enters into force;
(i)in respect of Singapore tax for any year of assessment beginning on or after 1st January in the second calendar year following that in which the Protocol enters into force.
The date of entry into force will, in due course, be published in the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes.
A Tax Information and Impact Note has not been prepared for this Order as it gives effect to a previously announced policy to enact a double taxation agreement.
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