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LML Payment Systems Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: June 24, 2010 03:20PM
LML Payment Systems Inc. (LMLP) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-03-31.
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Generally, dividends that are paid or credited by Canadian corporations to non-resident shareholders are subject to a nonresident tax of 25%. However, the Treaty provides that dividends paid by a Canadian corporation to a corporation resident of the U.S. with no permanent establishment in Canada, which owns at least 10% of our voting stock paying the dividend, are subject to the Canadian non-resident withholding tax of 5%. In all other cases, when a dividend is paid by a Canadian corporation to the beneficial owner resident in the U.S., the Canadian non-resident withholding tax is 15% of the amount of the dividend.
The reduced withholding tax rates do not apply if the beneficial owner of the shares carries on business through a permanent establishment in Canada and the stock holding in respect of which the dividends are paid is effectively connected with such permanent establishment. In such a case, the dividends are taxable in Canada as general business profits at rates that may exceed the 5% or 15% rates applicable to dividends that are not effectively connected with a Canadian permanent establishment.
Historically, interest paid or credited to a non-resident is subject to a 25% Canadian withholding tax. If, at a time when interest has accrued but is not yet payable, the holder of the debt transfers it to a Canadian resident or, in certain circumstances, a non-resident who carries on business in Canada, part of the proceeds of the disposition may be considered to be interest for Canadian income tax purposes. Previously, under the Treaty, the rate of withholding tax on interest paid to a U.S. resident is 10%.
The applicable tax rate on capital gains realized by a non-resident is 30% for corporations and 21.85% for individuals. Under the Treaty, capital gains realized by a U.S. resident on the disposition of shares of a Canadian corporation are exempt from Canadian income tax, unless (i) the value of the shares is derived principally from Canadian real property, or (ii) the shares are effectively connected with a permanent Canadian establishment of such non-resident, the capital gains are attributable to such permanent establishment, and the gains are realized not later than twelve months after the termination of such permanent establishment.
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