Convention Norway - United Kingdom

Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of Finance

Convention Between The Kingdom of Norway and The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income and on capital gains

 

The Government of the Kingdom of Norway and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, desiring to conclude a Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income and on capital gains,

have agreed as follows:

 

Article 1

Persons Covered

This Convention shall apply to persons who are residents of one or both of the Contracting States.

 

Article 2

Taxes Covered

  • 1. This Convention shall apply to taxes on income and on capital gains imposed on behalf of a Contracting State or of its political subdivisions or local authorities, irrespective of the manner in which they are levied.

  • 2. There shall be regarded as taxes on income and on capital gains all taxes imposed on total income or on elements of income, including taxes on gains from the alienation of movable or immovable property, taxes on the total amounts of wages or salaries paid by enterprises, as well as taxes on capital appreciation.

  • 3. The existing taxes to which the Convention shall apply are in particular:

    • a) in the case of Norway:

      • (i) the national tax on income (inntektsskatt til staten);

      • (ii) the county municipal tax on income (inntektsskatt til fylkeskommunen);

      • (iii) the municipal tax on income (inntektsskatt til kommunen);

      • (iv) the national tax on income from the exploration for and the exploitation of submarine petroleum resources and activities and work relating thereto, including pipeline transport of petroleum produced (skatt til staten av inntekt vunnet ved undersøkelse etter og utnyttelse av undersjøiske petroleumsforekomster og dertil knyttet virksomhet og arbeid herunder rørledningstransport av utvunnet petroleum); and

      • (v) the national tax on remuneration to non-resident artistes (skatt til staten på honorar til utenlandske artister);

      (hereinafter referred to as “Norwegian tax”);

    • b) in the case of the United Kingdom:

      • (i) the income tax;

      • (ii) the corporation tax;

      • (iii) the capital gains tax;

      (hereinafter referred to as “United Kingdom tax”).

  • 4. For the purposes of paragraph 1 of Article 25, United Kingdom tax shall also include the petroleum revenue tax and the supplementary charge in respect of ring fenced trades.

  • 5. The Convention shall apply also to any identical or substantially similar taxes that are imposed after the date of signature of the Convention in addition to, or in place of, the existing taxes. The competent authorities of the Contracting States shall notify each other of any significant changes that have been made in their taxation laws.

 

Article 3

General Definitions

  • 1. For the purposes of this Convention, unless the context otherwise requires:

    • a) the term “Norway” means the Kingdom of Norway, and includes the land territory, internal waters, the territorial sea and the area beyond the territorial sea where the Kingdom of Norway, according to Norwegian legislation and in accordance with international law, may exercise her rights with respect to the seabed and subsoil and their natural resources; the term does not comprise Svalbard, Jan Mayen and the Norwegian dependencies (“biland”);

    • b) the term “United Kingdom” means Great Britain and Northern Ireland, including any area outside the territorial sea of the United Kingdom designated under its laws concerning the Continental Shelf and in accordance with international law as an area within which the rights of the United Kingdom with respect to the sea bed and subsoil and their natural resources may be exercised;

    • c) the terms “a Contracting State” and “the other Contracting State” mean Norway or the United Kingdom, as the context requires;

    • d) the term “person” includes an individual, a company and any other body of persons;

    • e) the term “company” means any body corporate or any entity that is treated as a body corporate for tax purposes;

    • f) the term “enterprise” applies to the carrying on of any business;

    • g) 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 carried on by a resident of the other Contracting State;

    • h) the term “international traffic” means any transport by a ship or aircraft operated by an enterprise of a Contracting State, except when the ship or aircraft is operated solely between places in the other Contracting State;

    • i) the term “competent authority” means:

      • (i) in Norway, the Minister of Finance or the Minister’s authorised representative;

      • (ii) in the United Kingdom, the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs or their authorised representative;

    • j) the term “national” means:

      • (i) in relation to Norway:

        any individual possessing the nationality or citizenship of Norway and any legal person, partnership or association deriving its status as such from the laws in force in Norway;

      • (ii) in relation to the United Kingdom:

        any British citizen, or any British subject not possessing the citizenship of any other Commonwealth country or territory, provided he has the right of abode in the United Kingdom; and any legal person, partnership or association deriving its status as such from the laws in force in the United Kingdom;

    • k) the term “business” includes the performance of professional services and of other activities of an independent character;

    • l) the term “pension scheme” means any scheme or other entity established in a Contracting State which operates to administer or provide pension or retirement benefits or to earn income for the benefit of one or more such arrangements; and

      • (i) in the case of the United Kingdom, is generally exempt from income taxation and is a pension scheme (other than a social security scheme) registered under Part 4 of the Finance Act 2004, including pension funds or pension schemes arranged through insurance companies and unit trusts where the unit holders are exclusively pension schemes; and

      • (ii) in the case of Norway, is a company that has authorisation to enter into pension agreements in accordance with domestic regulations and which is under the supervision of the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway (Finanstilsynet).

      The competent authorities may agree to include in the above, pension schemes of identical or substantially similar economic or legal nature which are introduced by way of statute or legislation in either State after the date of signature of the Convention.

  • 2. As regards the application of the Convention at any time by a Contracting State, any term not defined therein shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the meaning that it has at that time under the law of that State for the purposes of the taxes to which the Convention applies, any meaning under the applicable tax laws of that State prevailing over a meaning given to the term under other laws of that State.

 

Article 4

Resident

  • 1. For the purposes of this Convention, the term “resident of a Contracting State” means any person who, under the laws of that State, is liable to tax therein by reason of his domicile, residence, place of management, place of incorporation or any other criterion of a similar nature, and also includes that State and any political subdivision or local authority thereof. This term, however, does not include any person who is liable to tax in that State in respect only of income or capital gains from sources in that State.

  • 2. The term “resident of a Contracting State” includes:

    • a) a pension scheme established in that State; and

    • b) an organisation that is established and is operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, cultural, or educational purposes (or for more than one of those purposes) and that is a resident of that State according to its laws, notwithstanding that all or part of its income or gains may be exempt from tax under the domestic law of that State.

  • 3. Where by reason of the provisions of paragraph 1 an individual is a resident of both Contracting States, then his status shall be determined as follows:

    • a) he shall be deemed to be a resident only of the State in which he has a permanent home available to him; if he has a permanent home available to him in both States, he shall be deemed to be a resident only of the State with which his personal and economic relations are closer (centre of vital interests);

    • b) if the State in which he has his centre of vital interests cannot be determined, or if he does not have a permanent home available to him in either State, he shall be deemed to be a resident only of the State in which he has an habitual abode;

    • c) if he has an habitual abode in both States or in neither of them, he shall be deemed to be a resident only of the State of which he is a national;

    • d) if he is a national of both States or of neither of them, the competent authorities of the Contracting States shall settle the question by mutual agreement.

  • 4. Where by reason of the provisions of paragraph 1 a person other than an individual is a resident of both Contracting States, then the competent authorities of the Contracting States shall endeavour to determine by mutual agreement the Contracting State of which that person shall be deemed to be a resident for the purposes of this Convention. In the absence of a mutual agreement by the competent authorities of the Contracting States, the person shall not be considered a resident of either Contracting State for the purposes of claiming any benefits provided by the Convention, except those provided by Articles 25, 26 and 27.

 

Article 5

Permanent Establishment

  • 1. For the purposes of this Convention, the term “permanent establishment” means a fixed place of business through which the business of an enterprise is wholly or partly carried on.

  • 2. The term “permanent establishment” includes especially:

    • a) a place of management;

    • b) a branch;

    • c) an office;

    • d) a factory;

    • e) a workshop, and

    • f) a mine, an oil or gas well, a quarry or any other place of extraction of natural resources.

  • 3. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 4, the term “permanent establishment” also includes a building site or construction or installation or assembly project, or supervisory or consultancy services connected therewith, but only if such site, construction, installation or project lasts, or such services continue, for more than twelve months.

  • 4. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2, where an enterprise of a Contracting State performs services in the other Contracting State through an individual who is present in that other State for a period or periods exceeding in the aggregate 183 days in any twelve month period, and more than 50 per cent of the gross revenues attributable to active business activities of the enterprise during this period or periods are derived from the services performed in that other State through that individual, the activities carried on in that other State in performing these services shall be deemed to be carried on through a permanent establishment of the enterprise situated in that other State, unless these services are limited to those mentioned in paragraph 5 which, if performed through a fixed place of business, would not make this fixed place of business a permanent establishment under the provisions of that paragraph. For the purposes of this paragraph, services performed by an individual on behalf of one enterprise shall not be considered to be performed by another enterprise through that individual unless that other enterprise supervises, directs or controls the manner in which these services are performed by the individual.

  • 5. Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of this Article, the term “permanent establishment” shall be deemed not to include:

    • a) the use of facilities solely for the purpose of storage, display or delivery 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, display or delivery;

    • c) the maintenance of a stock of goods or merchandise belonging to the enterprise solely for the purpose of processing by another enterprise;

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

    • e) the maintenance of a fixed place of business solely for the purpose of carrying on, for the enterprise, any other activity of a preparatory or auxiliary character;

    • f) the maintenance of a fixed place of business solely for any combination of activities mentioned in sub-paragraphs a) to e), provided that the overall activity of the fixed place of business resulting from this combination is of a preparatory or auxiliary character.

  • 6. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2, where a person – other than an agent of an independent status to whom paragraph 7 applies – is acting on behalf of an enterprise and has, and habitually exercises, in a Contracting State an authority to conclude contracts on behalf of the enterprise, that enterprise shall be deemed to have a permanent establishment in that State in respect of any activities which that person undertakes for the enterprise, unless the activities of such person are limited to those mentioned in paragraph 5 which, if exercised through a fixed place of business, would not make this fixed place of business a permanent establishment under the provisions of that paragraph.

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

  • 8. 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 of itself constitute either company a permanent establishment of the other.

 

Article 6

Income from Immovable Property

  • 1. Income derived by a resident of a Contracting State from immovable property (including income from agriculture or forestry) situated in the other Contracting State may be taxed in that other State.

  • 2. The term “immovable property” shall have the meaning which it has under the law of the Contracting State in which the property in question is situated. The term shall in any case include property accessory to immovable property, livestock and equipment used in agriculture and forestry, rights to which the provisions of general law respecting landed property apply, usufruct of immovable property and rights to variable or fixed payments as consideration for the working of, or the right to work, mineral deposits, sources and other natural resources; ships and aircraft shall not be regarded as immovable property.

  • 3. The provisions of paragraph 1 shall apply to income derived from the direct use, letting, or use in any other form of immovable property.

  • 4. The provisions of paragraphs 1 and 3 shall also apply to the income from immovable property of an enterprise.

 

Article 7

Business Profits

  • 1. Profits of an enterprise of a Contracting State shall be taxable only in that State unless the enterprise carries on business in the other Contracting State through a permanent establishment situated therein. If the enterprise carries on business as aforesaid, the profits that are attributable to the permanent establishment in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 2 may be taxed in that other State.

  • 2. For the purposes of this Article and Article 25, the profits that are attributable in each Contracting State to the permanent establishment referred to in paragraph 1 are the profits it might be expected to make, in particular in its dealings with other parts of the enterprise, if it were a separate and independent enterprise engaged in the same or similar activities under the same or similar conditions, taking into account the functions performed, assets used and risks assumed by the enterprise through the permanent establishment and through the other parts of the enterprise.

  • 3. Where, in accordance with paragraph 2, a Contracting State adjusts the profits that are attributable to a permanent establishment of an enterprise of one of the Contracting States and taxes accordingly profits of the enterprise that have been charged to tax in the other State, the other Contracting State shall, to the extent necessary to eliminate double taxation, make an appropriate adjustment if it agrees with the adjustment made by the first-mentioned State; if the other Contracting State does not so agree, the Contracting States shall eliminate any double taxation resulting therefrom by mutual agreement.

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

 

Article 8

Shipping, Air Transport and Containers

  • 1. Profits of an enterprise of a Contracting State from the operation of ships or aircraft in international traffic shall be taxable only in that State.

  • 2. Profits of an enterprise of a Contracting State from the use, maintenance or rental of containers (including trailers and related equipment for the transport of containers) used for the transport of goods or merchandise shall be taxable only in that State, except insofar as those containers or trailers and related equipment are used for transport solely between places within the other Contracting State.

  • 3. The provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2 shall also apply to profits from the participation in a pool, a joint business or an international operating agency.

  • 4. The provisions of paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 shall apply to profits derived by the joint Norwegian, Danish and Swedish air transport consortium Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), but only insofar as profits derived by SAS Norge AS, the Norwegian partner of SAS, are in proportion to its share in that organisation.

 

Article 9

Associated Enterprises

  • 1. 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.

  • 2. Where a Contracting State includes in the profits of an enterprise of that State – and taxes accordingly – profits on which an enterprise of the other Contracting State has been charged to tax in that other State and the profits so included are profits which would have accrued to the enterprise of the first-mentioned State if the conditions made between the two enterprises had been those which would have been made between independent enterprises, then that other State shall make an appropriate adjustment to the amount of the tax charged therein on those profits. In determining such adjustment, due regard shall be had to the other provisions of this Convention and the competent authorities of the Contracting States shall if necessary consult each other.

 

Article 10

Dividends

  • 1. Dividends paid by a company which is a resident of a Contracting State to a resident of the other Contracting State may be taxed in that other State.

  • 2. However, such dividends:

    • a) may also be taxed in the Contracting State of which the company paying the dividends is a resident and according to the laws of that State, but if the beneficial owner of the dividends is a resident of the other Contracting State, the tax so charged shall not exceed 15 per cent of the gross amount of the dividends;

    • b) shall, notwithstanding the provisions of sub-paragraph a), be exempt from tax in the Contracting State of which the company paying the dividends is a resident if the beneficial owner of the dividends is:

      • (i) a company which is a resident of the other Contracting State and owns, directly or indirectly, at least 10 per cent of the capital in the company paying the dividends; or

      • (ii) a pension scheme.

    This paragraph shall not affect the taxation of the company in respect of the profits out of which the dividends are paid.

  • 3. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 2, where dividends are derived and beneficially owned by the Government of a Contracting State, such dividends shall be taxable only in that State. For the purposes of this paragraph, the term “Government of a Contracting State” shall include:

    • a) In the case of Norway:

      • (i) the Central Bank of Norway;

      • (ii) the Government Pension Fund Global;

      • (iii) a statutory body or any institution wholly or mainly owned by the Government of Norway as may be agreed from time to time between the competent authorities of the Contracting States;

    • b) In the case of the United Kingdom:

      • (i) the Bank of England;

      • (ii) a statutory body or any institution wholly or mainly owned by the Government of the United Kingdom as may be agreed from time to time between the competent authorities of the Contracting States.

  • 4. The term “dividends” as used in this Article means income from shares or other rights, not being debt-claims, participating in profits, as well as income from other corporate rights that is subjected to the same taxation treatment as income from shares by the laws of the Contracting State of which the company making the distribution is a resident and also includes any other item which, under the laws of the State of which the company paying the dividends is a resident, is treated as a dividend or distribution of the company.

  • 5. The provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2 shall not apply if the beneficial owner of the dividends, being a resident of a Contracting State, carries on business in the other Contracting State of which the company paying the dividends is a resident through a permanent establishment situated therein, and the holding in respect of which the dividends are paid is effectively connected with such permanent establishment. In such case the provisions of Article 7 shall apply.

  • 6. Where a company which is a resident of a Contracting State derives profits or income from the other Contracting State, that other State may not impose any tax on the dividends paid by the company, except insofar as such dividends are paid to a resident of that other State or insofar as the holding in respect of which the dividends are paid is effectively connected with a permanent establishment situated in that other State, nor subject the company's undistributed profits to a tax on the company's undistributed profits, even if the dividends paid or the undistributed profits consist wholly or partly of profits or income arising in such other State.

  • 7. No relief shall be available under this Article if it was the main purpose or one of the main purposes of any person concerned with the creation or assignment of the shares or other rights in respect of which the dividend is paid to take advantage of this Article by means of that creation or assignment.

 

Article 11

Interest

  • 1. Interest arising in a Contracting State and beneficially owned by a resident of the other Contracting State shall be taxable only in that other State.

  • 2. The term “interest” as used in this Article means income from debt-claims of every kind, whether or not secured by mortgage and whether or not carrying a right to participate in the debtor’s profit, and in particular, income from government securities and income from bonds or debentures, including premiums and prizes attaching to such securities, bonds or debentures. The term shall not include any item which is treated as a dividend under the provision of Article 10.

  • 3. The provisions of paragraph 1 shall not apply if the beneficial owner of the interest, being a resident of a Contracting State, carries on business in the other Contracting State in which the interest arises, through a permanent establishment situated therein, and the debt-claim in respect of which the interest is paid is effectively connected with such permanent establishment. In such case the provisions of Article 7 shall apply.

  • 4. Where, by reason of a special relationship between the payer and the beneficial owner or between both of them and some other person, the amount of the interest paid exceeds, for whatever reason, the amount which would have been agreed upon by the payer and the beneficial owner in the absence of such relationship, the provisions of this Article shall apply only to the last-mentioned amount. In such case, the excess part of the payments shall remain taxable according to the laws of each Contracting State, due regard being had to the other provisions of this Convention.

  • 5. No relief shall be available under this Article if it was the main purpose or one of the main purposes of any person concerned with the creation or assignment of the debt-claim in respect of which the interest is paid to take advantage of this Article by means of that creation or assignment.

 

Article 12

Royalties

  • 1. Royalties arising in a Contracting State and beneficially owned by a resident of the other Contracting State shall be taxable only in that other State.

  • 2. The term “royalties” as used in this Article means payments of any kind received as a consideration for the use of, or the right to use, any copyright of literary, artistic or scientific work including cinematograph films, any patent, trade mark, design or model, plan, secret formula or process, or for information (know-how) concerning industrial, commercial or scientific experience.

  • 3. The provisions of paragraph 1 shall not apply if the beneficial owner of the royalties, being a resident of a Contracting State, carries on business in the other Contracting State in which the royalties arise through a permanent establishment situated therein, and the right or property in respect of which the royalties are paid is effectively connected with such permanent establishment. In such case the provisions of Article 7 shall apply.

  • 4. Where, by reason of a special relationship between the payer and the beneficial owner or between both of them and some other person, the amount of the royalties paid exceeds, for whatever reason, the amount which would have been agreed upon by the payer and the beneficial owner in the absence of such relationship, the provisions of this Article shall apply only to the last-mentioned amount. In such case, the excess part of the payments shall remain taxable according to the laws of each Contracting State, due regard being had to the other provisions of this Convention.

  • 5. No relief shall be available under this Article if it was the main purpose or one of the main purposes of any person concerned with the creation or assignment of the rights in respect of which the royalties are paid to take advantage of this Article by means of that creation or assignment.

 

Article 13

Capital Gains

  • 1. Gains derived by a resident of a Contracting State from the alienation of immovable property referred to in Article 6 and situated in the other Contracting State may be taxed in that other State.

  • 2. Gains derived by a resident of a Contracting State from the alienation of shares, other than shares in which there is substantial and regular trading on a Stock Exchange, or comparable interests, deriving more than 50 per cent of their value directly or indirectly from immovable property situated in the other Contracting State may be taxed in that other State.

  • 3. Gains from the alienation of movable property forming part of the business property of a permanent establishment which an enterprise of a Contracting State has in the other Contracting State, including such gains from the alienation of such a permanent establishment (alone or with the whole enterprise), may be taxed in that other State.

  • 4. Gains derived by a resident of a Contracting State from the alienation of ships or aircraft operated in international traffic, or movable property pertaining to the operation of such ships or aircraft shall be taxable only in that State.

  • 5. Gains derived by a resident of a Contracting State from the alienation of containers (including trailers and related equipment for the transport of containers) used for the transport of goods or merchandise shall be taxable only in that State, except insofar as those containers or trailers and related equipment are used for transport solely between places within the other Contracting State.

  • 6. Gains from the alienation of any property, other than that referred to in the preceding paragraphs, shall be taxable only in the Contracting State of which the alienator is a resident.

 

Article 14

Income from employment

  • 1. Subject to the provisions of Articles 15, 17 and 18, salaries, wages and other similar remuneration derived by a resident of a Contracting State in respect of an employment shall be taxable only in that State unless the employment is exercised in the other Contracting State. If the employment is so exercised, such remuneration as is derived therefrom may be taxed in that other State.

  • 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1, remuneration derived by a resident of a Contracting State in respect of an employment exercised in the other Contracting State shall be taxable only in the first-mentioned State if:

    • a) the recipient is present in the other State for a period or periods not exceeding in the aggregate 183 days in any twelve month period commencing or ending in the fiscal year concerned; and

    • b) the remuneration is paid by, or on behalf of, an employer who is not a resident of the other State; and

    • c) the remuneration is not borne by a permanent establishment which the employer has in that other State.

  • 3. The provisions of paragraph 2 shall not apply to remuneration derived by a resident of a Contracting State in respect of an employment exercised in the other Contracting State and paid by, or on behalf of, an employer who is not a resident of that other State if:

    • a) the recipient renders services in the course of that employment to a person other than the employer and that person, directly or indirectly, supervises, directs or controls the manner in which those services are performed; and

    • b) those services constitute an integral part of the business activities carried on by that person.

  • 4. Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of this Article, remuneration derived by a resident of a Contracting State in respect of an employment exercised aboard a ship or aircraft operated in international traffic shall be taxable only in that State.

 

Article 15

Directors' Fees

Directors' fees and other similar payments derived by a resident of a Contracting State in his capacity as a member of the board of directors or of a similar organ of a company which is a resident of the other Contracting State may be taxed in that other State.

 

Article 16

Artistes and Sportsmen

  • 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 14, income derived by a resident of a Contracting State as an entertainer, such as a theatre, motion picture, radio or television artiste, or a musician, or as a sportsman, from his personal activities as such exercised in the other Contracting State, may be taxed in that other State.

  • 2. Where income in respect of personal activities exercised by an entertainer or a sportsman in his capacity as such accrues not to the entertainer or sportsman himself but to another person, that income may, notwithstanding the provisions of Articles 7 and 14, be taxed in the Contracting State in which the activities of the entertainer or sportsman are exercised.

 

Article 17

Pensions, Social Security Payments and Alimony

  • 1. Subject to the provisions of paragraph 2 of Article 18, pensions, including payments under a social security system, arising in a Contracting State and paid to a resident of the other Contracting State, may be taxed in the first-mentioned State.

  • 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1, a lump sum payment derived from a pension scheme established in a Contracting State and beneficially owned by a resident of the other Contracting State shall be taxable only in the first-mentioned State.

  • 3. Alimony and other maintenance payments paid to a resident of a Contracting State shall be taxable only in that State. However, alimony or other maintenance payments paid by a resident of a Contracting State to a resident of the other Contracting State, shall, if the payer is not allowed to deduct those payments in computing his income for tax purposes in the Contracting State of which he is a resident, be taxable only in that State.

 

Article 18

Government Service

  • 1.

    • a) Salaries, wages and other similar remuneration paid by a Contracting State or a political subdivision or a local authority thereof to an individual in respect of services rendered to that State or subdivision or authority shall be taxable only in that State.

    • b) However, such salaries, wages and other similar remuneration shall be taxable only in the other Contracting State if the services are rendered in that State and the individual is a resident of that State who:

      • (i) is a national of that State; or

      • (ii) did not become a resident of that State solely for the purpose of rendering the services;

      and is subject to tax in that State on such salaries, wages and other similar remuneration.

  • 2.

    • a) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1, pensions and other similar remuneration paid by, or out of funds created by, a Contracting State or a political subdivision or a local authority thereof to an individual in respect of services rendered to that State or subdivision or authority shall be taxable only in that State;

    • b) However, such pensions and other similar remuneration shall be taxable only in the other Contracting State if the individual is a resident of, and a national of, that State.

  • 3. The provisions of Articles 14, 15, 16 and 17 shall apply to salaries, wages, pensions, and other similar remuneration in respect of services rendered in connection with a business carried on by a Contracting State or a political subdivision or a local authority thereof.

 

Article 19

Students

Payments which a student or business apprentice who is or was immediately before visiting a Contracting State a resident of the other Contracting State and who is present in the first-mentioned 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 State, provided that such payments arise from sources outside that State.

 

Article 20

Other Income

  • 1. Items of income beneficially owned by a resident of a Contracting State, wherever arising, not dealt with in the foregoing Articles of this Convention shall be taxable only in that State.

  • 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1, where an amount of income is paid to a resident of Norway out of income received by trustees or personal representatives administering the estates of deceased persons and those trustees or personal representatives are residents of the United Kingdom, that amount shall be treated as arising from the same sources, and in the same proportions, as the income received by the trustees or personal representatives out of which that amount is paid.

    Any tax paid by the trustees or personal representatives in respect of the income paid to the beneficiary shall be treated as if it had been paid by the beneficiary.

  • 3. The provisions of paragraph 1 shall not apply to income, other than income from immovable property as defined in paragraph 2 of Article 6, if the beneficial owner of such income, being a resident of a Contracting State, carries on business in the other Contracting State through a permanent establishment situated therein and the right or property in respect of which the income is paid is effectively connected with such permanent establishment. In such case the provisions of Article 7 shall apply.

  • 4. Where, by reason of a special relationship between the resident referred to in paragraph 1 and some other person, or between both of them and some third person, the amount of the income referred to in that paragraph exceeds the amount (if any) which would have been agreed upon between them in the absence of such a relationship, the provisions of this Article shall apply only to the last-mentioned amount. In such a case, the excess part of the income shall remain taxable according to the laws of each Contracting State, due regard being had to the other applicable provisions of this Convention.

  • 5. No relief shall be available under this Article if it was the main purpose or one of the main purposes of any person concerned with the creation or assignment of the rights in respect of which the income is paid to take advantage of this Article by means of that creation or assignment.

 

Article 21

Miscellaneous rules applicable to certain offshore activities

  • 1. The provisions of this Article shall apply notwithstanding any other provision of this Convention.

  • 2. In this Article the term “offshore activities” means activities which are carried on offshore in a Contracting State in connection with the exploration or exploitation of the seabed and subsoil and their natural resources situated in that State.

  • 3. An enterprise of a Contracting State which carries on offshore activities in the other Contracting State shall, subject to paragraphs 4 and 5 be deemed to be carrying on business in that other State through a permanent establishment situated therein.

  • 4. The provisions of paragraph 3 shall not apply:

    • a) where the offshore activities are carried on in the other Contracting State for a period or periods not exceeding in the aggregate 30 days in any twelve month period. For the purposes of this sub-paragraph:

      • (i) where an enterprise of a Contracting State carrying on offshore activities in the other Contracting State is associated with another enterprise carrying on substantially similar offshore activities there, the former enterprise shall be deemed to be carrying on all such activities of the latter enterprise, with the exception of activities which are carried on at the same time as its own activities;

      • (ii) an enterprise shall be regarded as associated with another enterprise if one participates directly or indirectly in the management, control or capital of the other or if the same person or persons participate directly or indirectly in the management, control or capital of both enterprises;

    • b) to production activities to which the provisions of Article 22 apply.

  • 5. Profits derived by a resident of a Contracting State from the operation, in connection with offshore activities, of ships or aircraft which are in their existing state designed primarily for the purpose of transporting supplies or personnel, or for towing or anchor handling, shall be taxable only in that State. However, the provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to profits derived during any period in which such a ship or aircraft is contracted to be used mainly for purposes other than to transport supplies or personnel to or between places where offshore activities are being carried on, or for purposes other than towing or anchor handling, as the case may be.

  • 6.

    • a) Subject to sub-paragraph b), salaries, wages and other similar remuneration derived by a resident of a Contracting State in respect of an employment connected with offshore activities in the other Contracting State may, to the extent that the duties are performed offshore in that other State, be taxed in that other State.

    • b) Where paragraph 5 applies to the profits from the operation of a ship or aircraft, salaries, wages and other similar remuneration derived by a resident of a Contracting State in respect of an employment exercised aboard that ship or aircraft shall be taxable only in the Contracting State of which the person deriving those profits is a resident.

  • 7. Gains derived by a resident of a Contracting State from the alienation of:

    • a) exploration or exploitation rights; or

    • b) property situated in the other Contracting State and used in connection with offshore activities, as defined in paragraph 2, carried on in that other State; or

    • c) shares deriving their value or the greater part of their value directly or indirectly from such rights or such property or from such rights and such property taken together;

    may be taxed in that other State. In this paragraph “exploration or exploitation rights” means rights to assets to be produced by the exploration or exploitation of the seabed and subsoil and their natural resources in the other Contracting State, including rights to interests in or to the benefit of such assets.

 

Article 22

Transmedian line oil and gas fields

  • 1. The provisions of this Article shall apply notwithstanding any other provisions of this Convention where the Governments of the two Contracting States have entered into an Agreement relating to the joint exploitation of a field which extends across the dividing line and that Agreement expressly provides for the application of these provisions.

  • 2. Irrespective of where the production installations for a field are located, a Contracting State may, subject to paragraph 3, tax, in accordance with the laws of that State, profits from the exploitation of the field which arise to a licensee of that State and shall not tax any such profits which arise to a licensee of the other Contracting State.

  • 3. For the purposes of the application of the laws of a Contracting State relating to the taxation of profits arising from the exploitation of the field, a licensee shall be treated as having lifted over the production life of the field so much of the total production of that field as is attributed to that licensee under the final apportionment of the field made in accordance with an Agreement as mentioned in paragraph 1. However, in any accounting period or chargeable period a licensee may be charged to tax only on the profits from the oil (including gas and other hydrocarbons) lifted in that or earlier periods by the licensee and on any compensation receivable by the licensee for underliftings in that or earlier periods.

  • 4. A Contracting State may tax gains realised on the disposal of installations and equipment used for the joint exploitation of the field which are owned, wholly or partly, by a licensee of that State, regardless of the side of the dividing line between the two States on which the installations and equipment are situated. Where such assets are owned partly by a licensee of that State and partly by a licensee of the other Contracting State each State may tax its own licensees in respect of such part only of the gains as is proportionate to the interest of its licensees in those assets. However, a Contracting State shall not tax gains realised on the disposal of such assets as are wholly owned by a licensee of the other Contracting State.

  • 5. Any profits or gains derived by a person in his capacity as the Unit Operator for the field shall be taxable only in the Contracting State of which that Unit Operator is a licensee.

  • 6. In this Article:

    • a) the term “licensee” means, in the case of the United Kingdom, any person who is a licensee as defined in section 12 (1) of the Oil Taxation Act 1975, or is a party to an agreement or arrangement referred to in paragraph 5(1) of Schedule 3 to the Oil Taxation Act 1975, and in the case of Norway, any person who holds a production licence granted by the Government of Norway for the field in question, or such other person who has with the approval of the Government of Norway all or any of the licensee’s rights, interests and obligations in connection with that field;

    • b) the term “field” means any petroleum reservoir or reservoirs;

    • c) the term “dividing line” means the dividing line established by the Agreement between the Governments of the two Contracting States relating to the Delimitation of the Continental Shelf between the two Countries signed at London on 10th March 1965 and the Protocol thereto signed at Oslo on 22nd December 1978 and any further Protocol thereto.

 

Article 23

Statfjord Field Reservoirs

  • 1. The provisions of this Article shall apply to the Statfjord Field Reservoirs as defined in Article 23 of the Agreement between the Governments of the two Contracting States relating to the exploitation of the Statfjord Field Reservoirs and the offtake of petroleum therefrom signed at Oslo on 16th October 1979.

  • 2. Where vessels are operated to transport oil (including gas and other hydrocarbons) from installations used for the joint exploitation of the Statfjord Field Reservoirs by a partnership which includes one or more partners resident in a Contracting State and one or more partners resident in the other Contracting State any profits or gains derived shall be taxable, in proportion to the share of the said partners, only in the State of which each such partner is a resident.

 

Article 24

Murchison Field Reservoir

  • 1. The provisions of this Article shall apply to the Murchison Field Reservoir as defined in Article 23 of the Agreement between the Governments of the two Contracting States relating to the exploitation of the Murchison Field Reservoir and the offtake of petroleum therefrom signed at Oslo on 16th October 1979.

  • 2. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Convention the taxation of profits from the transportation, up to and through the terminal but not from the terminal, of oil (including gas and other hydrocarbons) from the Murchison Field Reservoir, and of gains realised on the disposal of installations used for such transportation shall be governed by the principles set out in paragraphs 2 and 4 as appropriate of Article 22.

 

Article 25

Elimination of Double Taxation

  • 1. Subject to the provisions of the laws of Norway regarding the allowance as a credit against Norwegian tax of tax payable in a territory outside Norway (which shall not affect the general principle of this Article) -

    • a) Where a resident of Norway derives income which, in accordance with the provisions of this Convention, may be taxed in the United Kingdom, Norway shall allow as a deduction from the tax on the income of that resident, an amount equal to the United Kingdom tax paid on that income.

      Such deduction shall not, however, exceed that part of the income tax, as computed before the deduction is given, which is attributable to the income which may be taxed in the United Kingdom.

    • b) Where in accordance with any provision of the Convention income derived by a resident of Norway is exempt from tax in Norway, Norway may nevertheless include such income in the tax base, but shall allow as a deduction from the Norwegian tax on income that part of the income tax which is attributable to the income derived from the United Kingdom.

  • 2. Subject to the provisions of the law of the United Kingdom regarding the allowance as a credit against United Kingdom tax of tax payable in a territory outside the United Kingdom or, as the case may be, regarding the exemption from United Kingdom tax of a dividend arising in a territory outside the United Kingdom or of the profits of a permanent establishment situated in a territory outside the United Kingdom (which shall not affect the general principle hereof):

    • a) Norwegian tax payable under the laws of Norway and in accordance with this Convention, whether directly or by deduction, on profits, income or chargeable gains from sources within Norway (excluding in the case of a dividend tax payable in respect of the profits out of which the dividend is paid) shall be allowed as a credit against any United Kingdom tax computed by reference to the same profits, income or chargeable gains by reference to which the Norwegian tax is computed;

    • b) a dividend which is paid by a company which is a resident of Norway to a company which is a resident of the United Kingdom shall be exempted from United Kingdom tax when the exemption is applicable and the conditions for exemption under the law of the United Kingdom are met;

    • c) the profits of a permanent establishment in Norway of a company which is a resident of the United Kingdom shall be exempted from United Kingdom tax when the exemption is applicable and the conditions for exemption under the law of the United Kingdom are met;

    • d) in the case of a dividend not exempted from tax under sub-paragraph b) which is paid by a company which is a resident of Norway to a company which is a resident of the United Kingdom and which controls directly or indirectly at least 10 per cent of the voting power in the company paying the dividend, the credit mentioned in sub-paragraph a) above shall also take into account the Norwegian tax payable by the company in respect of its profits out of which such dividend is paid.

  • 3. For the purposes of paragraph 2, profits, income and gains owned by a resident of the United Kingdom which may be taxed in Norway in accordance with this Convention shall be deemed to arise from sources in Norway.

 

Article 26

Non-discrimination

  • 1. Nationals of a Contracting State shall not be subjected in the 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, in particular with respect to residence, are or may be subjected.

  • 2. The taxation on 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.

  • 3. Except where the provisions of paragraph 1 of Article 9, paragraphs 4 or 5 of Article 11, paragraphs 4 or 5 of Article 12 or paragraphs 4 or 5 of Article 20 apply, interest, royalties and other disbursements paid by an enterprise of a Contracting State to a resident of the other Contracting State shall, for the purpose of determining the taxable profits of such enterprise, be deductible under the same conditions as if they had been paid to a resident of the first-mentioned State.

  • 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 State to any taxation or any requirement connected therewith which is other or more burdensome than the taxation and connected requirements to which other similar enterprises of the first-mentioned State are or may be subjected.

  • 5. Nothing contained in this Article shall be construed as obliging either Contracting State to grant to individuals not resident in that State any of the personal allowances, reliefs and reductions for tax purposes which are granted to individuals so resident or to its nationals.

 

Article 27

Mutual Agreement Procedure

  • 1. Where a person considers that the actions of one or both of the Contracting States result or will result for him in taxation not in accordance with the provisions of this Convention, he may, irrespective of the remedies provided by the domestic law of those States, present his case to the competent authority of the Contracting State of which he is a resident or, if his case comes under paragraph 1 of Article 26, to that of the Contracting State of which he is a national. The case must be presented within three years from the first notification of the action resulting in taxation not in accordance with the provisions of the Convention.

  • 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 a satisfactory 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 which is not in accordance with the Convention. Any agreement reached shall be implemented notwithstanding any time limits in the domestic law of the Contracting States.

  • 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 purpose of reaching an agreement in the sense of the preceding paragraphs.

  • 5. Where,

    • a) under paragraph 1, a person has presented a case to the competent authority of a Contracting state on the basis that the actions of one or both of the Contracting states have resulted for that person in taxation not in accordance with the provisions of this Convention, and

    • b) the competent authorities are unable to reach an agreement to resolve that case pursuant to paragraph 2 within two years from the presentation of the case to the competent authority of the other Contracting State,

    any unresolved issues arising from the case shall be submitted to arbitration if the person so requests. These unresolved issues shall not, however, be submitted to arbitration if a decision on these issues has already been rendered by a court or administrative tribunal in either State. Unless a person directly affected by the case does not accept the mutual agreement that implements the arbitration decision, that decision shall be binding on both Contracting States and shall be implemented notwithstanding any time limits in the domestic laws of these States. The competent authorities of the Contracting States shall by mutual agreement settle the mode of application of this paragraph.

  • 6. The provisions of paragraph 5 shall not apply to cases:

    • a) falling within paragraph 4 of Article 4; or

    • b) where a norm price for petroleum has been determined under the Norwegian Petroleum Tax Act.

 

Article 28

Exchange of Information

  • 1. The competent authorities of the Contracting States shall exchange such information as is foreseeably relevant for carrying out the provisions of this Convention or to the administration or enforcement of the domestic laws of the Contracting States concerning taxes of every kind and description imposed on behalf of the Contracting States, or of their political subdivisions or local authorities, insofar as the taxation thereunder is not contrary to the Convention. The exchange of information is not restricted by Articles 1 and 2.

  • 2. Any information received under paragraph 1 by a Contracting State shall be treated as secret in the same manner as information obtained under the domestic laws of that State and shall be disclosed only to persons or authorities (including courts and administrative bodies) concerned with the assessment or collection of, the enforcement or prosecution in respect of, the determination of appeals in relation to the taxes referred to in paragraph 1, or the oversight of the above. Such persons or authorities shall use the information only for such purposes. They may disclose the information in public court proceedings or in judicial decisions. Notwithstanding the foregoing, information received by a Contracting State may be used for other purposes when such information may be used for such other purposes under the laws of both States and the competent authority of the supplying State authorises such use.

  • 3. In no case shall the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2 be construed so as to impose on a Contracting State the obligation:

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

    • b) to supply information which is 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 (ordre public).

  • 4. If information is requested by a Contracting State in accordance with this Article, the other Contracting State shall use its information gathering measures to obtain the requested information even though that other State may not need such information for its own tax purposes. The obligation contained in the preceding sentence is subject to the limitations of paragraph 3, but in no case shall such limitations be construed to permit a Contracting State to decline to supply information solely because it has no domestic interest in such information.

  • 5. In no case shall the provisions of paragraph 3 be construed to permit a Contracting State to decline to supply information solely because the information is held by a bank, other financial institution, nominee or person acting in an agency or a fiduciary capacity or because it relates to ownership interests in a person.

 

Article 29

Assistance in the Collection of Taxes

  • 1. The Contracting States shall lend assistance to each other in the collection of revenue claims. This assistance is not restricted by Articles 1 and 2. The competent authorities of the Contracting States may by mutual agreement settle the mode of application of this Article.

  • 2. The term “revenue claim” as used in this Article means an amount owed in respect of taxes of every kind and description imposed on behalf of the Contracting States, or of their political subdivisions or local authorities, insofar as the taxation thereunder is not contrary to this Convention or any other instrument to which the Contracting States are parties, as well as interest, administrative penalties and costs of collection or conservancy related to such amount.

  • 3. When a revenue claim of a Contracting State is enforceable under the laws of that State and is owed by a person who, at that time, cannot, under the laws of that State, prevent its collection, that revenue claim shall, at the request of the competent authority of that State, be accepted for purposes of collection by the competent authority of the other Contracting State. That revenue claim shall be collected by that other State in accordance with the provisions of its laws applicable to the enforcement and collection of its own taxes as if the revenue claim were a revenue claim of that other State that met the conditions allowing that other State to make a request under this paragraph.

  • 4. When a revenue claim of a Contracting State is a claim in respect of which that State may, under its law, take measures of conservancy with a view to ensure its collection, that revenue claim shall, at the request of the competent authority of that State, be accepted for purposes of taking measures of conservancy by the competent authority of the other Contracting State. That other State shall take measures of conservancy in respect of that revenue claim in accordance with the provisions of its laws as if the revenue claim were a revenue claim of that other State even if, at the time when such measures are applied, the revenue claim is not enforceable in the first-mentioned State or is owed by a person who has a right to prevent its collection.

  • 5. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs 3 and 4, a revenue claim accepted by a Contracting State for purposes of paragraph 3 or 4 shall not, in that State, be subject to the time limits or accorded any priority applicable to a revenue claim under the laws of that State by reason of its nature as such. In addition, a revenue claim accepted by a Contracting State for the purposes of paragraph 3 or 4 shall not, in that State, have any priority applicable to that revenue claim under the laws of the other Contracting State.

  • 6. Proceedings with respect to the existence, validity or the amount of a revenue claim of a Contracting State shall not be brought before the courts or administrative bodies of the other Contracting State.

  • 7. Where, at any time after a request has been made by a Contracting State under paragraph 3 or 4 and before the other Contracting State has collected and remitted the relevant revenue claim to the first-mentioned State, the relevant revenue claim ceases to be

    • a) in the case of a request under paragraph 3, a revenue claim of the first-mentioned State that is enforceable under the laws of that State and is owed by a person who, at that time, cannot, under the laws of that State, prevent its collection, or

    • b) in the case of a request under paragraph 4, a revenue claim of the first-mentioned State in respect of which that State may, under its laws, take measures of conservancy with a view to ensure its collection

    the competent authority of the first-mentioned State shall promptly notify the competent authority of the other State of that fact and, at the option of the other State, the first-mentioned State shall either suspend or withdraw its request.

  • 8. In no case shall the provisions of this Article be construed so as to impose on a Contracting State the obligation:

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

    • b) to carry out measures which would be contrary to public policy (ordre public);

    • c) to provide assistance if the other Contracting State has not pursued all reasonable measures of collection or conservancy, as the case may be, available under its laws or administrative practice;

    • d) to provide assistance in those cases where the administrative burden for that State is clearly disproportionate to the benefit to be derived by the other Contracting State;

    • e) to provide assistance if that State considers that the taxes with respect to which assistance is requested are imposed contrary to generally accepted taxation principles.

 

Article 30

Members of Diplomatic Missions and Consular Posts

  • 1. Nothing in this Convention shall affect the fiscal privileges of members of diplomatic missions or consular posts under the general rules of international law or under the provisions of special agreements.

  • 2. Insofar as, due to fiscal privileges granted to members of diplomatic missions and consular posts under the general rules of international law or under the provisions of special international agreements, income or capital gains is not subject to tax in the receiving State, the right to tax shall be reserved to the sending State.

 

Article 31

Limitation of relief

Where under any provision of this Convention income or capital gains are relieved from Norwegian tax and, under the law in force in the United Kingdom, an individual, in respect of that income or that capital gain is subject to tax by reference to the amount thereof which is remitted to or received in the United Kingdom and not by reference to the full amount thereof, then the relief to be allowed under this Convention in Norway shall apply only to so much of the income or capital gain as is taxed in the United Kingdom.

 

Article 32

Entry into Force

  • 1. Each of the Contracting States shall notify the other through diplomatic channels of the completion of the procedures required by its law for the bringing into force of this Convention.

  • 2. The Convention shall enter into force on the date of the later of these notifications and shall thereupon have effect:

    • a) in Norway:

      • (i) in respect of taxes on income relating to the calendar year (including accounting periods beginning in any such year) next following that in which the Convention enters into force and subsequent years;

    • b) 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 next following the date on which this Convention enters into force;

      • (ii) in respect of corporation tax, for any financial year beginning on or after 1st April next following the date on which this Convention enters into force.

  • 3. The Convention between the Government of Kingdom of Norway and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and Capital signed at London on 12 October 2000 (“the prior Convention”), shall cease to have effect in respect of any tax with effect from the date upon which this Convention has effect in respect of that tax in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 2 of this Article and shall terminate on the last such date.

  • 4. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs 2 and 3 and the provisions of Article 17, where, immediately before the entry into force of this Convention, an individual was in receipt of payments falling within Article 18 of the prior Convention, that individual may make an irrevocable election that the provisions of that Article, and not the provisions of Article 17 of this Convention, shall continue to apply to those payments. That election shall have effect for the year in which it is made and for subsequent years.

  • 5. For the purposes of paragraph 5 of Article 27, no issue may be submitted to arbitration earlier than a date three years from the entry into force of this Convention.

 

Article 33

Termination

  • 1. This Convention shall remain in force indefinitely, but either of the Contracting States may, on or before 30th June in any calendar year beginning after the expiration of a period of five years from the date of its entry into force, give to the other Contracting State, through diplomatic channels, written notice of termination. In such event, the Convention shall cease to have effect:

    • a) in Norway:

      • (i) in respect of taxes on income relating to the calendar year (including accounting periods beginning in such year) next following that in which the notice is given;

    • b) 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 next following the date on which the notice is given;

      • (ii) in respect of corporation tax, for any financial year beginning on or after 1st April next following the date on which the notice is given;

    • 2. Notwithstanding the termination of this Convention in accordance with paragraph 1, this Convention shall in any event continue to apply to the joint exploitation of a field referred to in Article 22 of this Convention.

 

In witness whereof the undersigned, duly authorised thereto, have signed this Convention.

 

Done in duplicate at London this 14th day of March 2013, in the Norwegian and English languages, both texts being equally authoritative.

 

For the Kingdom of Norway:

For the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland:

Kim Traavik

David Gauke