Payer Tax Representation - 1992 ISDA Provision

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1992 ISDA Master Agreement
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Section 3(e) in a Nutshell

Use at your own risk, campers!
3(e) Payer Tax Representation. Each of its Payer Tax Representations specified in the Schedule is true.

Full text of Section 3(e)

3(e) Payer Tax Representation. Each representation specified in the Schedule as being made by it for the purpose of this Section 3(e) is accurate and true.

Related agreements and comparisons

Related Agreements
Click here for the text of Section 3(e) in the 2002 ISDA
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No change between Section 3(e) of the 1992 ISDA and Section 3(e) of the 2002 ISDA. To be fair, what’s there to change?

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Summary

You’ll find the usual form of the Payer Tax Representations by clicking on that blue link. They live in Part 2 of the Schedule.

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General discussion

Withholding under the ISDA

TL;DR: The basic rationale is this:

The combination of the Payer Tax Representations and the Gross-Up clause of the ISDA Master Agreement has the following effect:

  • Section 3(e): I promise you that I do not have to withhold on my payments to you (as long as all your Payee Tax Representations are correct and you have, under Section 4(a), given me everything I need to pay free of withholding);
  • Section 2(d): I will not withhold on any payments to you. Unless I am required to by law. Which I kind of told you I wasn’t... If I have to withhold, I'll pay the tax the authorities and give you the receipt. If I only had to withhold because of my connection to the taxing jurisdiction (that is, if the withholding is an Indemnifiable Tax), I’ll gross you up. (You should look at the drafting of Indemnifiable Tax, by the way. It's quite a marvel). ...
  • Gross-Up: Unless the tax could have been avoided if the Payee had taken made all its 3(f) representations, delivered all its 4(a) material, or had its 3(f) representations been, like, true).
  • Stamp Tax is a whole other thing.
  • As is FATCA, which (as long as you’ve made your FATCA Amendment or signed up to a FATCA Protocol, provides that FATCA Withholding Taxes are excluded from the Section 3(e) Payer Tax Representations, and also from the definition of Indemnifiable Tax. Meaning one doesn't have to rep, or gross up, FATCA payments.
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See also

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