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19 November 2021

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Canada Publishes Notice on Effect of MFN Provision of Tax Treaty with Lithuania for Royalties

The Canada Revenue Agency has published a notice concerning the effect of the MFN provision of the 1996 Canada-Lithuania tax treaty with respect to royalties.


Canada–Lithuania Income Tax Convention: "Most Favoured Nation" provision takes effect to eliminate source-state taxation rights in respect of certain royalties

Effective January 1, 2019, the withholding rate described in paragraph 2 of Article 12 of the Canada–Lithuania Tax Convention has been eliminated with respect to certain royalties.

The following types of royalties paid or credited on or after January 1, 2019 are therefore exempt from tax in the state in which they arise:

  • copyright royalties and other like payments in respect of the production or reproduction of any literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work (but not including royalties in respect of motion picture films nor royalties in respect of works on film or videotape or other means of reproduction for use in connection with television broadcasting);
  • royalties for the use of, or the right to use, any patent or any information concerning industrial, commercial or scientific experience (but not including any such information provided in connection with a rental or franchise agreement).

This change occurs as a result of the "Most Favoured Nation" provision in paragraph 7 of Article 12 of the Convention and has been confirmed by the Lithuanian Competent Authority.

If, between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020, tax was withheld on the types of royalties defined above, taxpayers may seek to obtain a refund.

If you are a Lithuanian-resident taxpayer:

You have two years from the end of the calendar year you paid the tax in to apply for the refund.

If you are a Canadian-resident taxpayer:

  • Complete Form FR0022 (DAS-2), Claim for Refund of the Tax Withheld at Source to apply for a refund of the Lithuanian tax withheld. To access the form, go to the forms webpage of the Lithuanian State Tax Inspectorate and search for the form using code FR0022.
  • If you fill in Part VI of the form, the Canada Revenue Agency must certify your residency. You can get this certification by contacting the appropriate taxpayer services regional correspondence centre. Or, you can leave Part VI blank and submit a Certificate of Residence with your form.
  • Send your application to one of the local offices of the Lithuanian State Tax Inspectorate.

A Canadian individual resident can submit this form for the past five years while a Canadian resident entity can submit the form for only the past three years.

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