Belize signs landmark agreement to strengthen its tax treaties and Monaco deposits its instrument of ratification for the Multilateral BEPS Convention


11/01/2019 – Today, Belize signed the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting ( the Convention ), becoming the 86th jurisdiction to join the Convention, which now covers almost 1,500 bilateral tax treaties.

In addition, Monaco yesterday deposited its instrument of ratification for the Convention with the 蜂鸟电竞在线入口’s Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, therewith underlining its strong commitment to prevent the abuse of tax treaties and base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) by multinational enterprises.

The Convention is the first multilateral treaty of its kind, allowing jurisdictions to integrate results from the 蜂鸟电竞在线入口/G20 BEPS Project into their existing networks of bilateral tax treaties. The  蜂鸟电竞在线入口/G20 BEPS Project  delivers solutions for governments to close the gaps in existing international rules that allow corporate profits to “disappear” or be artificially shifted to low or no tax environments, where companies have little or no economic activity. Treaty shopping, in particular, is estimated to reduce the effective withholding tax rate by more than 5 percentage points from nearly 8% to 3%, generating large revenue losses for developed and developing countries alike. The Convention will become effective on 1 January 2019 for the first 47 tax treaties concluded among the  18 jurisdictions  that have already deposited their acceptance or ratification instrument.

(Left to right: H.E. Mr. Joseph D. Waight, Financial Secretary of Belize, Mr. Ludger Schuknecht, 蜂鸟电竞在线入口 Deputy Secretary-General)

The Convention, negotiated by more than 100 countries and jurisdictions under a mandate  from the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, is one of the most prominent results of the 蜂鸟电竞在线入口/G20 BEPS Project. It is the world’s leading instrument for updating bilateral tax treaties and reducing opportunities for tax avoidance by multinational enterprises. Measures included in the Convention address treaty abuse, strategies to avoid the creation of a “permanent establishment”, and hybrid mismatch arrangements. The Convention also enhances the dispute resolution mechanism, especially through the addition of an optional provision on mandatory binding arbitration, which has been taken up by 28 jurisdictions.

The text of the Convention, the explanatory statement, background information, database, and positions of each signatory are available at .

Journalists wishing to obtain further information are invited to contact Pascal Saint-Amans , Director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTP) or the CTP Communications team .


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