April 2018 - The PRC SAT issued Public Note 11 to update interpretations of tax treaty articles
On 9 February 2018, the PRC State Administration of Taxation (“SAT”) issued Public Notice  No. 11 (“PN No.11”). The circular updates the SAT’s interpretation of a few selected articles under Double Tax Agreements (“DTAs”) that are concluded by China and clarifies the tax treatments of partnerships.
Salient points are set out as follows:
- Clarification of permanent establishment (“PE”) for Sino-foreign co-operative education institutions and the 6-month period threshold for service PEs;
- Amending the scope of international shipping and air transportation income under DTAs;
- Comprehensive interpretations of the DTA article involving Artists and Sportsmen; and
- New interpretations for DTA treatment of partnerships, both domestic and foreign, and their partners.