FEDERAL OFFICE Postal address: 53221 Bonn
FOR House address: 53225 Bonn-Beuel
FINANCES Friedhofstr. 1
Telephone: (0228) 406-0
Telefax: (0228) 406-2661
- please note in case of questions -
St II 4 - 084/046108-00516/99
27 Jan 2003
80335 M nchenchen
as the person empowered to receive remunerations on behalf of the creditor
C E R T I F I C A T E O F E X E M P T I O N
per art. 50d Sect 2, sent. 1 Income Tax Law (ITL)
Based on the application of 31 Dec 1998 for exemption from withholding
tax from inland revenue per art. 50a sect. 4 Income Tax Law under the
Double Taxation Convention (DTC)
Federal Republic of Germany - United States of America
the following certificate is issued:
The Exemption is granted.
The Debtor of the remunerations is entitled to refrain from payment of
Subject of the Exemption:
Remunerations for the use or the right of use of copyrights and/or
similar services. The Exemption ensues per article 28 sect 1. lit.
The Exemption is applicable to remunerations that are being paid
in the time period from 1 Jan 1994 to 31 Dec 2005.
Creditor of Remunerations: Debtor of Remunerations:
Church of Scientology Scientology Kirche
International Bayern e.V.
6331 Hollywood Blvd. Farberstr. 5
USA Los Angeles, CA 90028 90402 Nurnberg
This Certificate is issued under the proviso of revocation (art. 131 Tax
Page 2 of the Certificate of 27 Jan 2003,
File no. St II 4 - 084/046108-00516/99
Per your information tax amounts were already withheld for
the past time period and paid to the tax office, the
reimbursement of which is now being applied for. Please
submit the tax attest of the debtor of remunerations (art.
50a sect. 5, sent. 7 Income Tax Law, see attached draft).
With respect to the reimbursement a separate order will be
Hereby also your application of 30 Dec 2002 to issue a
certificate of exemption is moot.
Your contractual partner has received an official copy of this
The exemption applies only to the extent that the stated revenues
are factually attributable to the creditor of the remunerations according
to inland tax law. This prerequisite is examined by the Federal Office
for Finances (FOfF) in the realm of the processing of the application
only in exceptional cases and only in the case of specific indicators.
The finding whether revenue subject to withholding tax duty in the
meaning of art. 50a sect. 4 Income Tax Law does exist and which person
these have to be attributed to is incumbent upon the local tax office
of the debtor of the remuneration. The FofF is only competent for the
relief from this withholding tax on the basis of the Double Tax
Convention (art. 5 sect 1 fig. 2 Tax Office Administration Act).
As far as changes become known that have an effect on the claim for
exemption (e.g. the abandonment of the residence of creditor of the
remunerations in the said DTC contracting state), these have to be
communicated to the FofF immediately. Tax sums the withholding of
which is refrained from illegitimately, will be demanded additionally
by the tax office of the debtor of remunerations or will be assessed
by way of a liability assessment on the debtor of remunerations.
The tax debtor status of the receipiant of the services for purposes of
VAT (art. 13b VAT Law) remains untouched by this certificate.
This certificate is to be well preserved as evidence; the regulations
on the preservation of documents per art. 147 Tax Code apply. Existing
duties for record keeping and filing of returns in relation to the
Debtor of remunerations remain untouched (art. 73d and 73e of the Income
This writing was mechanically produced
and does not require a signature.