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Cameroon Signs BEPS Multilateral Instrument

12/7/2017

On July 11, 2017, Cameroon's Finance Minister, Alamine Ousmane Mey, signed the OECD's Multilateral Instrument, designed to prevent the avoidance of tax through the abuse of double tax avoidance treaties.


Switzerland, Latvia Revise Tax Treaty To Tackle BEPS

30/6/2017

On June 28, 2017, the Swiss Federal Council adopted the dispatch on a revised double taxation agreement with Latvia and submitted it to Parliament for approval.


Countries Urged To Sign Up To Mandatory Binding Arbitration

19/6/2017

The International Chamber of Commerce has stressed the need for more countries to adopt mandatory binding arbitration to better resolve double tax disputes.


Nigeria To Sign OECD's Multilateral Tax Treaty Instrument

19/6/2017

Nigeria's Cabinet has approved the signing of the BEPS Multilateral Instrument to introduce anti-base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) measures into its tax treaties.


Austrian Parliament Approves BEPS Convention

15/6/2017

The lower house of the Austrian parliament has approved the OECD multilateral instrument, designed to prevent the avoidance of tax through the abuse of double tax avoidance treaties.


Luxembourg Seeks Double Tax Deal With Cuba

14/6/2017

Officials from Cuba and Luxembourg have met in Havana for early stage talks on a possible double taxation treaty.


MEPs Back New Double Tax Dispute Resolution Rules

27/6/2017

The European Parliament's Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee has backed proposals for the improved resolution of double taxation disputes within the EU.


Botswana Joins OECD's BEPS Inclusive Framework

12/6/2017

Botswana has joined the OECD's base erosion and profit shifting Inclusive Framework.


Mauritius To Sign BEPS Convention By June 30

12/6/2017

Mauritius will sign the OECD's Multilateral Convention to implement the tax treaty-related base erosion and profit shifting recommendations by the end of June 2017, the Finance Ministry has announced.


Canada Explains Tax Treaty Changes To Prevent Abuse

9/6/2017

The Canadian Government has explained how it will incorporate into its tax agreements new provisions to counter base erosion and profit shifting, having signed the OECD's multilateral instrument on tackling treaty abuse.


68 Jurisdictions Sign BEPS Multilateral Instrument

8/6/2017

68 countries have signed the OECD's Multilateral Convention, designed to swiftly implement a series of tax treaty-related measures proposed in the OECD's base erosion and profit shifting project into these countries' double tax agreements.


Canada To Amend DTAs With Germany, Switzerland

8/6/2017

The Canadian Government has announced its intention to update its double tax agreements with Germany and Switzerland.


Switzerland, Kosovo Sign DTA

1/6/2017

Switzerland and Kosovo have signed a double tax agreement that will limit certain withholding tax rates and tackle tax avoidance.


Netherlands Consults On Dividend Tax Changes

31/5/2017

The Dutch Finance Ministry has opened an internet consultation on proposed changes to the Dutch dividend tax regime, which would expand the withholding tax exemption on distributions to shareholders in tax treaty countries.


OECD Prepares For BEPS Action 6 Peer Reviews

31/5/2017

The OECD has released a document that will form the basis of the peer review and monitoring process of the base erosion and profit shifting Action 6 minimum standard.


Russia To Sign OECD's BEPS Convention

30/5/2017

Russia will sign the OECD's Multilateral Convention to implement tax treaty-related measures to prevent base erosion and profit shifting, the Government announced on May 20.


ECJ Rules In Austria's Favor In Tax Dispute With Germany

1/5/2017

The European Court of Justice has ruled in favor of Austria in its dispute with Germany relating to the taxation of interest from profit-participation certificates received by an Austrian bank from a German bank.


Ukraine Ratifies Tax Treaty With Malta

20/4/2017

On April 13, 2017, the Ukrainian Parliament ratified its tax treaty with Malta, which provides for lower withholding tax rates on dividends, interest, and royalties.


Swiss Court Denies French Data Request

7/4/2017

Switzerland's highest court has ruled that the Swiss Government cannot honor a request by the French tax authorities for data on two clients of a Swiss bank because the information at issue was obtained illegally.


UK-UAE Double Tax Pact 'Opens Door To Tax-Free Pension Transfers'

5/4/2017

The new double tax agreement between the United Arab Emirates and the UK could reportedly allow UAE residents to access their UK pension free of UK income tax.


Japan And Russia To Update DTA

31/3/2017

Russian and Japanese government representatives met in Tokyo on March 27 to begin negotiations on updating their double tax agreement.


Australia, China To Amend FTA And DTA

24/3/2017

Australia and China have agreed to discuss the further liberalization of services and investment under their free trade agreement, and to update their double tax agreement.


India-Singapore Double Tax Changes In Force

23/3/2017

On March 23, India published a notice ratifying the double tax Protocol signed with Singapore, which entered into force on February 27.


Italy, Switzerland Agree To Tax Information Group Requests

20/3/2017

Italy and Switzerland have agreed to allow group requests for information relevant in tax matters.


Irish Citizen Denied US Tax Refund On Gambling Winnings

6/3/2017

The United States Court of Federal Claims has turned down a claim from an Irish citizen that more than USD5m in US tax withheld on gambling winnings be refunded under the US-Ireland double tax avoidance agreement.




Treaty Updates by Territory


Latest Treaty Updates


Treaty Update: Zimbabwe - Namibia

7/7/2017

Namibia and Zimbabwe have begun negotiations to revise their DTA.


Treaty Update: Cambodia - Hong Kong

7/7/2017

According to preliminary media reports, Cambodia and Hong Kong have initiated negotiations towards concluding a DTA.


Treaty Update: Ireland - Uruguay

29/6/2017

Ireland has newly disclosed that it has completed DTA negotiations with Uruguay.


Treaty Update: India - Portugal

29/6/2017

A DTA Protocol has been signed between India and Portugal, the Indian Government announced on June 23, 2017.


Treaty Update: Russia - Japan

9/6/2017

The Russian Government has announced that it intends to soon sign a DTA with Japan.


Treaty Update: Japan - Iceland

7/6/2017

Japan announced on May 29, 2017, that it had reached a DTA in principle with Iceland.


Treaty Update: Spain - Cape Verde

7/6/2017

Spain and Cape Verde signed a DTA on June 5, 2017.


Treaty Update: Cyprus - San Marino

25/5/2017

Cyprus and San Marino signed a DTA Protocol on May 19, 2017.


Treaty Update: Maldives - Malaysia

25/5/2017

According to preliminary media reports, Maldives and Malaysia have begun DTA negotiations.


Treaty Update: Japan - Denmark

22/5/2017

Japan announced that it had concluded DTA negotiations with Denmark on May 15.


Treaty Update: Barbados - Cyprus

22/5/2017

Barbados and Cyprus signed a DTA on May 10, 2017.


Treaty Update: Brazil - Various

15/5/2017

Brazil's Committee on Foreign Relations and National Defense on May 4, 2017, approved a DTA between Brazil and Russia, and a DTA Protocol between Brazil and India.


Treaty Update: Luxembourg - Cyprus

15/5/2017

Luxembourg and Cyprus signed a DTA on May 8, 2017.


Treaty Update: Jordan - Thailand

15/5/2017

Jordan and Thailand agreed the text of a DTA on May 11, 2017.


Treaty Update: Italy - Barbados

11/5/2017

Italy's Chamber of Deputies approved a law to ratify the DTA with Barbados on May 2, 2017.


Treaty Update: Bahrain - Thailand

5/5/2017

Bahrain and Thailand signed a DTA Protocol on April 25, 2017.


Treaty Update: Mexico - Spain

5/5/2017

Mexico's Senate on April 27, 2017, approved a DTA Protocol with Spain.


Treaty Update: Pakistan - Bulgaria

4/5/2017

Pakistan and Bulgaria signed a DTA on April 26, 2017.


Treaty Update: Ireland - Kazakhstan

4/5/2017

According to preliminary media reports, Ireland and Kazakhstan signed a DTA on April 27, 2017.


Treaty Update: Andorra - Latvia

28/4/2017

Andorra and Latvia have begun negotiations on amending their DTA.


Treaty Update: Latvia - Japan

21/4/2017

The Latvia-Japan DTA entered into force on March 30, 2017.


Treaty Update: Azerbaijan - Various

18/4/2017

According to preliminary media reports, Azerbaijan intends to soon sign DTAs with Singapore, Malaysia, Slovakia, Morocco, and Ireland.


Treaty Update: Azerbaijan - Israel

14/4/2017

Azerbaijan's parliament on April 7, 2017, approved a DTA with Israel.


Treaty Update: Estonia - Kyrgyzstan

14/4/2017

Estonia and Kyrgzstan signed a DTA on April 10, 2017.


Treaty Update: Azerbaijan - Kazakhstan

10/4/2017

On April 3, 2017, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan signed a DTA Protocol.


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