Base erosion and profit shifting

Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent BEPS

 

 

In November 2016, over 100 jurisdictions concluded negotiations on the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting ("Multilateral Instrument" or "MLI")  that will swiftly implement a series of tax treaty measures to update international tax rules and lessen the opportunity for tax avoidance by multinational enterprises. The MLI already covers over 75 jurisdictions and will enter into force on 1st July 2018. Signatories include jurisdictions from all continents and all levels of development. A number of jurisdictions have also expressed their intention to sign the MLI as soon as possible and other jurisdictions are also actively working towards signature.

 

The MLI offers concrete solutions for governments to close the gaps in existing international tax rules by transposing results from the OECD/G20 BEPS Project into bilateral tax treaties worldwide. The MLI modifies the application of thousands of bilateral tax treaties concluded to eliminate double taxation. It also implements agreed minimum standards to counter treaty abuse and to improve dispute resolution mechanisms while providing flexibility to accommodate specific tax treaty policies. 


The MLI is still open for additional Signatories. Jurisdictions interested in signing the MLI are invited to contact the OECD Secretariat.

 

Key documents

 

The text of the Multilateral Instrument (MLI) and its Explanatory Statement were developed through a negotiation involving more than 100 countries and jurisdictions and adopted on 24 November 2016, under a mandate delivered by G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors at their February 2015 meeting. The MLI and its Explanatory Statement were adopted in two equally authentic languages, English and French.

Download the text of the MLI (PDF) 

Download the Explanatory Statement (PDF)


TRANSLATION IN OTHER LANGUAGES

Members of the ad hoc Group have prepared translations of the MLI in Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Serbian, Spanish and Swedish. The OECD Secretariat has prepared a translation of the MLI in Arabic.


Other MLI translations, including translations in Greek and Russian, are being prepared by members of the ad hoc Group and will be made available shortly and further MLI translations are expected by year end.


The translations of the MLI in other languages are provided only for information purposes. Only the signed English and French MLI are the authentic MLI texts applicable.

 

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LATEST UPDATE

WEBINAR

A Q&A webinar session with OECD experts to discuss the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent BEPS took place on Friday 9 June 2017. 

PRESENTATION

REPLAY

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Signing Ceremony for Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent BEPS

Further information

 

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