On 14 December 2017, Ecuador's National Assembly approved the pending income tax treaty with Russia. The treaty, signed 14 November 2016, is the first of its kind between the two countries.
The treaty covers Ecuador income tax and property tax, and covers Russian tax on profits of organizations and tax on income of individuals.
If a company is considered resident in both Contracting States, the competent authorities of both States will determine its residence for the purpose of the treaty through mutual agreement. If no agreement is reached, the company will not be entitled to any relief or exemption from tax provided by the treaty.
The treaty includes the provision that a permanent establishment will be deemed constituted when an enterprise furnishes services within a Contracting State through employees or other engaged personnel if the activities continue for a period or periods aggregating more than 1 month within any 12-month period.
The following capital gains derived by a resident of one Contracting State may be taxed by the other State:
Gains from the alienation of other property by a resident of a Contracting State may only be taxed by that State.
Russia applies the credit method for the elimination of double taxation, while Ecuador generally applies the exemption method. However, for income covered by Articles 10 (Dividends), 11 (Interest), and 12 (Royalties), Ecuador applies the credit method.
Article 24 (Limitation of Benefits) provides that a person (other than an individual) will only be entitled to the benefits of the treaty if such person is a resident of a Contracting State and is either:
Article 24 also provides that a resident of a Contracting State will not be entitled to the benefits of the treaty if more than 50% of the gross income is paid, directly or indirectly, to persons who are not residents of either Contracting State through payments deductible for the purpose of income tax determined in accordance with the treaty in the person's State of residence.
However, a resident of a Contracting State may be entitled to the benefits of the treaty if the competent authority of the other State determines that the resident carries out economic activities in the other State and that the establishment or acquisition or maintenance of said person and the carrying out of said activities did not have as one of its main purposes the obtaining of the benefits of the treaty.
Further to Article 24, specific limitation on benefits provisions are included in Articles 10 (Dividends), 11 (Interest), and 12 (Royalties), which provide that the benefits of those Articles will not apply if obtaining the benefits was the main purpose or one of the main purposes of any person concerned with creation or assignment of the shares, debt-claims, or other rights in respect of which the income is paid.
The treaty will enter into force once the ratification instruments are exchanged and will apply from 1 January of the year following its entry into force.