This excerpt taken from the ATVI 10-Q filed Feb 8, 2006.
a. The amounts to be paid by either party to the other do not include any foreign, U.S. federal, state, local, municipal or other governmental taxes, duties, levies, fees, excises or tariffs, arising as a result of or in connection with thetransactions contemplated under this Agreement including, without limitation, (i) any state or local sales or use taxes or anyvalue added tax or business transfer tax now or hereafter imposed on the provision of any services to the other party underthis Agreement, (ii) taxes imposed or based on or with respect to or measured by any net or gross income or receipts of eitherparty, (iii) any franchise taxes, taxes on doing business, gross receipts taxes or capital stock taxes (including any minimumtaxes and taxes measured by any item of tax preference), (iv) any taxes imposed or assessed after the date upon which thisAgreement is terminated, (v) taxes based upon or imposed with reference to either parties real and/or personal propertyownership and (vi) any taxes similar to or in the nature of those taxes described in (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) or (v) above, now or hereafter imposed on either party (or any third parties with which either party is permitted to enter into agreements relating to its undertakings hereunder) (all such amounts, together with any penalties, interest or any additions thereto, collectively Taxes). Neither party is liable for any of the other partys Taxes incurred in connection with or related to the sale of goods and services under this Agreement, and all such Taxes are the financial responsibility of the party obligated to pay such taxes as determined by the applicable law, provided that both parties shall pay to the other the appropriate Collected Taxes in accordance with subsection 7.b below. Each party agrees to indemnify, defend and hold the other party harmless from any Taxes (other than Collected Taxes, defined below) or claims, causes of action, costs (including, without limitation reasonable attorneys fees) and any other liabilities of any nature whatsoever related to such Taxes to the extent such Taxes relate to amounts paid under this Agreement.
b. Any sales or use taxes described in 7.a above that (i) are owed by either party solely as a result of entering into this Agreement and the payment of the fees hereunder, (ii) are required to be collected from that party under applicable law, and (iii) are based solely upon the amounts payable under this Agreement (such taxes the Collected Taxes). will be stated separately as applicable on payees invoices and will be remitted by the other party to the payee, upon request payee shall remit to the other party official tax receipts indicating that such Collected Taxes have been collected and paid by the payee. Either party may provide the other party an exemption certificate acceptable to the relevant taxing authority (including without limitation a resale certificate) in which case payee shall not collect the taxes covered by such certificate. Each party agrees to take such commercially reasonable steps as are requested by the other party to minimize such Collected Taxes in accordance with all relevant laws and to cooperate with and assist the other party, in challenging the validity of any Collected Taxes or taxes otherwise paid by the payor party. Each party shall indemnify and hold the other party harmless from any Collected Taxes, penalties, interest, or additions to tax arising from amounts paid by one party to the other under this Agreement, that are asserted or assessed against one party to the extent such amounts relate to amounts that are paid to or collected by one party from the other under this section. If any taxing authority refunds any tax to a party that the other party originally paid, or a party otherwise becomes aware that any tax was incorrectly and/or erroneously collected from the other party, then that party shall promptly remit to the other party an amount equal to such refund or incorrect collection as the case may be plus any interest thereon.
c. 1f taxes are required to be withheld on any amounts otherwise to be paid by one party to the other, the paying party shall deduct such taxes from the amount otherwise owed and pay them to the appropriate taxing authority. At a partys written request and expense, the parties shall use reasonable efforts to cooperate with and assist each other in obtaining tax certificates or other appropriate documentation evidencing such payment, provided, however, that the responsibility for such documentation shall remain with the payee party. If publisher is required by any non-U.S.A. government to withhold income taxes on payments to Microsoft, then Publisher may deduct such taxes from the amount owed Microsoft and shall pay them to the appropriate tax authority, provided that within [*] of such payment, Publisher delivers to Microsoft an official receipt for any such taxes withheld or other documents necessary to enable Microsoft to claim a U.S.A. Foreign Tax Credit.
[*] = Certain confidential information contained in this document, marked by brackets, has been omitted and filed separately with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Rule 24b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
d. This Section 7 shall govern the treatment of all taxes arising as a result of or in connection with this Agreement notwithstanding any other section of this Agreement.