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  • Other Treaty Interpretation Mistakes in Case Law

    Further to the above issues that have a degree of uncertainty requiring court analysis and judgement, sometimes you can face fairly odious errors in tax treaty application. These include such "casualties" as the Promleasing case, where both the taxpayer and the tax authorities were drawn into an embarrassing discussion proving that a Russian LLC is a Russian enterprise because its CEO is a Russian citizen, evidently misinterpreting the term "enterprise" for treaty purposes (see Resolution No. КА-А40/6805-11 dated 08 July 2011).  Another renowned case included a court ruling that the Protocol to the Russia-Germany Double Tax Treaty expressly specifying an additional guarantee of unlimited interest cost deduction could not apply at all, because this benefit discriminates against Russian companies qualifying as Russian subsidiaries of German residents (See the Rulog case No. А40-37344/11-107-160 dated 19 November 2012). This statement is as outrageous as the suggestion that an international tax treaty is required for Russia not to discriminate its Russian companies against one another. No practical advice can be given for avoiding such an odd situation other than ensuring that development and presentation of the legal position in a tax dispute is assigned to adequate professionals. Normal 0 false false false RU ZH-CN AR-SA /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:RU; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;}
    - Goltsblat BLP

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