Indian tax authority undergoing ratification process for BEPS MLI

Indian tax authority undergoing ratification process for BEPS MLI

Important process of ratifying the BEPS MLI is on. In 2019-2020, the provisions will come into effect, says Akhilesh Ranjan.

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Mauritius tax authority issues guidance on place of effective management

Mauritius tax authority issues guidance on place of effective management

The majority of the Board of Directors’ meetings must be held in Mauritius, or the executive management of the company must be regularly exercised in Mauritius.

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India, Hong Kong tax treaty to take effect from April 2019

India, Hong Kong tax treaty to take effect from April 2019

The tax treaty provides for a low withholding tax rate of five percent for dividend payments. Interest, royalties, and fees are subject to a low withholding tax rate of ten percent.Continue Reading

BDO Melbourne Gets New Tax Partner in Michael Smith

Michael Smith has joined BDO Melbourne’s transfer pricing team as a partner.

Smith has nearly 20 years’ of transfer pricing experience from around the world. He has worked in London, New York, and Sydney.   Continue Reading

India, China Sign Tax Treaty Protocol to Implement BEPS Minimum Standards

India, China Sign Tax Treaty Protocol to Implement BEPS Minimum Standards

India has signed a Protocol to amend its tax treaty with China.

The Protocol incorporates changes required to implement tax treaty-related minimum standards agreed under the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project.
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OECD’s Work on Harmful Tax Practices on Track

OECD’s Work on Harmful Tax Practices on Track

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


The OECD has published a report covering the assessment of 53 preferential tax regimes as part of its work under base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Action 5, on harmful tax practices.
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Australian Taxation Office, BHP Settle Transfer Pricing Dispute

Australian Taxation Office, BHP Settle Transfer Pricing Dispute

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


The Australian tax authority has settled a transfer pricing dispute with BHP in relation to the mining giant’s marketing operations in Singapore.
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Transfer Pricing Compliance in China: Preventing Disputes is Key

China’s colossal economy and its predominant role within the global market result in the emergence of an increasing interest towards China’s transfer pricing regime. Since China is not a member of the OECD, any transfer pricing endeavor goes far beyond the classic transfer pricing practices, though.Continue Reading

OECD Seeks Input on MAP Peer Reviews of Further Eight Jurisdictions

OECD Seeks Input on MAP Peer Reviews of Further Eight Jurisdictions

The OECD is seeking taxpayers’ input for the seventh round of base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Action 14 Stage 1 peer reviews of further eight jurisdictions.
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Countries Discuss Implementation of BEPS Minimum Standards

Countries Discuss Implementation of BEPS Minimum Standards

More than 60 delegates from 16 countries met recently at the regional meeting of the Inclusive Framework on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to discuss implementation of the BEPS measures.Continue Reading

Hong Kong Gazettes Enhanced R&D Deduction

Hong Kong Gazettes Enhanced R&D Deduction

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


Hong Kong Government has gazetted law to allow enhanced tax deduction for expenses incurred by business enterprises on research and development (R&D) activities in Hong Kong.

The measure was announced by Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, in her 2017 Policy Address.Continue Reading

Indian Tax Tribunal Allows Claim of Expenses by Mauritian PE

Indian Tax Tribunal Allows Claim of Expenses by Mauritian PE

By Ritu Shaktawat (Partner, Khaitan & Co, India) and Shabnam Shaikh (Principal Associate, Khaitan & Co, India)

In a decision delivered on October 5, India’s Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, New Delhi ruled that the Indian Income Tax Act cannot limit the claim of expenses of a permanent establishment in the absence of such limitation in the India-Mauritius tax treaty.Continue Reading

New Japan, Spain Tax Treaty to Include MAP Arbitration

New Japan, Spain Tax Treaty to Include MAP Arbitration

Japan and Spain signed a new tax treaty on October 16. The tax treaty wholly amends the existing tax treaty between Japan and Spain, which entered into force in 1974.

As per the new tax treaty, a withholding tax exemption applies to investment income from interest and royalties. Withholding tax on dividends is also exempt in certain situations.Continue Reading

Mutual Agreement Procedure Statistics Published for 2017

Mutual Agreement Procedure Statistics Published for 2017

The OECD on October 10 published its 2017 mutual agreement procedure (MAP) statistics covering 85 tax jurisdictions.

According to the 2017 MAP statistics, new transfer pricing MAP cases are up by 25 percent and other MAP cases by 50 percent. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the increase in new MAP cases is due to a range of factors including the effects of the new reporting framework and increased awareness of and expectations from taxpayers about MAP, the OECD noted.Continue Reading

Australia Seeking Input on Digital Economy Taxation

Australia Seeking Input on Digital Economy Taxation

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


The Australian Government on October 2 launched for public comments a consultation document aimed at creating a fairer and more sustainable corporate tax system for the digitalized economy.Continue Reading

Countries Share Ideas on Country by Country Reporting Implementation

Countries Share Ideas on Country by Country Reporting Implementation

Senior tax officials from over 20 countries recently met at a workshop to share experiences from the first year of country-by-country (CbC) reporting and explore how information can be used most effectively in the tax risk assessment of MNE groups.Continue Reading

More Countries Ratify BEPS Convention

More Countries Ratify BEPS Convention

Australia, France, Japan, and the Slovak Republic have deposited their instruments of ratification of the OECD’s Multilateral Convention to implement tax treaty-related measures to prevent base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS).

For these four countries, the BEPS Convention would enter into force from January 1, 2019. The Convention entered into force last month for New Zealand, Serbia, Sweden, and the UK.Continue Reading

BEPS Convention to Enter into Force in Japan from January 2019

BEPS Convention to Enter into Force in Japan from January 2019

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


Japan on September 26 deposited to the OECD the instrument of acceptance of the Multilateral Convention to implement tax treaty-related measures to prevent base erosion and profit shifting.
 
The BEPS Convention will enter into force for Japan on January 1, 2019.Continue Reading

Israel Introduces New Transfer Pricing Safe Harbor Rules

Israel Introduces New Transfer Pricing Safe Harbor Rules

By Adv. (Eco.) Eyal Bar-Zvi (Partner and Head of Transfer Pricing, Herzog Fox & Neeman)

The Israel Tax Authority, on September 5, 2018, published two safe harbor Circulars (which remained in draft mode for several months), noting the tax authority’s expected profit levels for marketing services and for low-risk distributorship activities carried out in Israel by multinational entities (MNEs), and providing guidance on non-value-added services.Continue Reading

Saudi Arabia Signs OECD’s BEPS Multilateral Instrument

Saudi Arabia Signs OECD’s BEPS Multilateral Instrument

Saudi Arabia has become the 84th tax jurisdiction to sign the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Multilateral Convention.

The BEPS Convention, negotiated by over 100 countries and jurisdictions, updates the existing network of 1,400 bilateral tax treaties and reduces opportunities for tax avoidance by multinational enterprises.Continue Reading

OECD Transfer Pricing Profiles for 7 More Countries Published

OECD Transfer Pricing Profiles for 7 More Countries Published

The OECD has published new transfer pricing country profiles for Costa Rica, Greece, Republic of Korea, Panama, Seychelles, South Africa, and Turkey. The OECD has also updated the information contained in Singapore’s profile.Continue Reading

Hybrid Mismatch Rules Enacted in Australia

Hybrid Mismatch Rules Enacted in Australia

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


The Treasury Laws Amendment (Tax Integrity and Other Measures No.2) Act, 2018 – which gives effect to the OECD Hybrid mismatch rules in Australia – received Royal Assent on August 24.Continue Reading

India Concluding More Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements

India Concluding More Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


The Indian tax authority, Central Board of Direct Taxes, has published its second annual report on advance pricing agreement (APA) highlighting the progress made in 2017-18.Continue Reading

Indian Tax Authority Extends ‘Significant Economic Presence’ Consultation Deadline

Indian Tax Authority Extends ‘Significant Economic Presence’ Consultation Deadline

India’s tax authority has extended the earlier deadline of August 10 to submit comments on the newly introduced “significant economic presence” test to tax profits of foreign businesses.Continue Reading

MNE Tax Avoidance Law a ‘Major Victory’ for Australia

MNE Tax Avoidance Law a ‘Major Victory’ for Australia

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


Over 40 multinational enterprises (MNEs) have restructured their business operations in response to Australia’s crack down on MNE tax avoidance law, ATO Deputy Commissioner Mark Konza has said.Continue Reading

Australia Passes Law to Give Force to BEPS Convention

Australia Passes Law to Give Force to BEPS Convention

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


The Australian Parliament on August 16 passed a legislation to give the force of law to the OECD’s Multilateral Convention to implement tax treaty-related measures to tackle base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS).Continue Reading

Australian Taxation Office Issues Draft Guidance on Related Party Financing Arrangements

Australian Taxation Office Issues Draft Guidance on Related Party Financing Arrangements

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has published for public comments Schedule 2 to Practical Compliance Guideline (PCG) 2017/4DC, which discusses the tax authority’s  compliance approach to tax issues relating to cross-border, related-party financing arrangements and related transactions.Continue Reading

Taiwan Begins International Tax Training for 2018

Taiwan Begins International Tax Training for 2018

Taiwan’s Finance Ministry is holding the 2018 International Tax Academy from July 30 to August 17 this year.

The event was launched in 1984 and is conducted every year in cooperation with the School of Law of Southern Methodist University.Continue Reading

‘Significant Economic Presence’ – Missing Pieces of the Indian Tax Puzzle!

‘Significant Economic Presence’ – Missing Pieces of the Indian Tax Puzzle!

By Ritu Shaktawat (Associate Partner, Khaitan & Co, India) and Krutika Chitre (Associate, Khaitan & Co, India)

Ritu Shaktawat and Krutika Chitre of Khaitan & Co discuss the consultation document addressing the tax challenges of digital economy released by Indian’s Central Board of Direct Taxes on July 13, 2018.

Soon after having introduced ‘Google Tax’ in 2016, India becomes one of the first tax jurisdictions to treat ‘significant economic presence’ of a foreign enterprise as its taxable presence in India (effective from April 1, 2018 (that is, from assessment year 2019-20)).Continue Reading

Malaysia Revising Tax Rules to Adopt BEPS Action 5 Minimum Standard

Malaysia Revising Tax Rules to Adopt BEPS Action 5 Minimum Standard

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


The Government of Malaysia has said that it will not grant new approvals to companies in respect of tax incentives provided under MSC Malaysia Bill of Guarantee No.5.Continue Reading

Baker McKenzie Elects New Tax Partners

Law firm Baker McKenzie has announced the election of 13 new tax partners.

The newly elected partners are: Michael Nixon (Singapore), Simone Bridges (Sydney), Kirill Vikulov (Moscow), David Jamieson (London), Jessica Eden (London), Rodrigo Castillo Cottin (Bogota), Paul F. DePasquale (New York), Tatyana Johnson (New York), Victor Alejandro Morales-Chavez (Mexico City), Jonathan Welbel (Chicago), Joshua Nixt (New York), Andrew C. O’Brien-Penney (Chicago), and Ivan Tsios (Chicago).Continue Reading

Hong Kong Implements BEPS Minimum Standards

Hong Kong Implements BEPS Minimum Standards

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


The Hong Kong Government today gazetted the Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No.6) Ordinance 2018, to implement the minimum standards agreed under the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project and to codify the transfer pricing principles into the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112).Continue Reading

No Indian Permanent Establishment for Nokia, But Concerns Remain

No Indian Permanent Establishment for Nokia, But Concerns Remain

By Daksha Baxi (Head of International Taxation, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas) and Jyoti Anumolu (Associate, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas)

India’s Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) at New Delhi last month delivered a significant decision in the case of Nokia Networks OY (taxpayer) on the issue of whether it’s Indian subsidiary, Nokia India Private Limited (NIPL) (which was assigned installation contracts by the taxpayer or entered into independent installation contracts with customers) constituted a permanent establishment (PE) for the taxpayer.Continue Reading

Further Three Tax Jurisdictions Sign BEPS Convention

Further Three Tax Jurisdictions Sign BEPS Convention

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


Kazakhstan, Peru, and the UAE have signed the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Multilateral Convention, the OECD has announced, adding that Estonia intends to sign the Convention on June 29.Continue Reading

India’s CbC Reporting Requirement Clarified

Maulik Doshi discusses CBDT's clarification issued in relation to the timeline for furnishing of Country-by-Country Report

By Maulik Doshi (Partner, Head of Transfer Pricing & International Tax, SKP Group) and Kamlesh Kaltari (Senior Manager, SKP Group)

As an active participant in the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project, India has implemented nearly all the BEPS recommendations and has taken several steps to amend the country’s domestic tax laws appropriately. The Indian Finance Act, 2016 implemented BEPS Action Item 13 by introducing a three-tiered transfer pricing documentation structure and made it effective from the 2016-17 financial year.Continue Reading

Revised India-Qatar Tax Treaty to Include BEPS Minimum Standards

Revised India-Qatar Tax Treaty to Include BEPS Minimum Standards

India’s Union Cabinet has approved revision of the country’s tax treaty with Qatar.

The revised tax treaty includes a limitation of benefits clause to prevent treaty shopping. It meets the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) minimum standards on treaty abuse (BEPS Action 6) and mutual agreement procedure (BEPS Action 14).Continue Reading

Indian Cabinet Approves Tax Treaty with Iran

Indian Cabinet Approves Tax Treaty with Iran

The Indian Government has approved the country’s tax treaty with Iran.

The tax treaty is in line with the ones entered into by India with other countries. The proposed treaty also meets tax treaty-related minimum standards proposed under the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting project, in which India is participating on an equal footing.Continue Reading

Accountants Concerned About New Zealand’s BEPS Tax Bill

Accountants Concerned About New Zealand’s BEPS Tax Bill

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA-ANZ) has stressed that by implementing the Taxation (Neutralising Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Bill in its current form, the New Zealand Government would be “going further than most other OECD countries.”Continue Reading

Singapore Updates Transfer Pricing Guidance

Singapore Updates Transfer Pricing Guidance

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


On February 23, 2018, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) published key updates and amendments to the country’s transfer pricing guidelines, including new transfer pricing documentation requirements.Continue Reading

New Zealand to Modify Transfer Pricing Rule in BEPS Bill

New Zealand to Modify Transfer Pricing Rule in BEPS Bill

By Alex Cooper

The New Zealand Inland Revenue is seeking to rectify a drafting error in a new rule to limit the rate of deductible interest on related-party, cross-border debt (the restricted transfer pricing rule) in the Taxation (Neutralising Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Bill.Continue Reading

Australia to Retrospectively Amend MAAL

Australian Government publishes draft Bill, which would retrospectively amend the Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law (MAAL)

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


On February 12, 2018, the Australian Government published for stakeholders’ comments a draft Bill, which would retrospectively amend the Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law (MAAL) to prevent multinationals from avoiding the application of the MAAL through the use of foreign trusts and partnerships in corporate structures.Continue Reading

Australia Consulting on Draft Legislation to Implement BEPS Convention

The Australian Government today published for stakeholders’ comments a draft legislation to implement the OECD’s Multilateral Convention to implement tax treaty-related base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) measures in Australia.

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


The Australian Government today published for stakeholders’ comments a draft legislation to implement the OECD’s Multilateral Convention to implement tax treaty-related base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) measures in Australia.Continue Reading

Indian 2018 Budget Introduces Virtual PE Concept to Tax Business Profits

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The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


On February 1, 2018, India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, issued the country’s 2018 Budget, which introduces a new permanent establishment (PE) nexus based on virtual economic presence to tax business profits of foreign enterprises.Continue Reading

Indian Budget 2018: Transfer Pricing Expectations

Maulik Doshi of SKP Group stresses what India's 2018 Budget must cover on the transfer pricing front

By Maulik Doshi (Partner, Head of Transfer Pricing & International Tax, SKP Group) and Kamlesh Kaltari (Senior Manager, SKP Group)

The Indian Government has, in recent past, taken bold and practical measures to align the Indian transfer pricing regulations with global best practices by introducing country-by-country reporting and “master” file regulations; interest limitation provisions; revising the rates under the safe harbor rules; rationalizing specified domestic transactions; and introduction of range concept and use of multiple-year data. Additionally, the Government has made several attempts on the administrative side to reduce litigation and introduce a taxpayer-friendly regime. Having said that, there are certain ambiguities that need to be resolved.

In the 2018 Budget, which is due to be presented on February 1, 2018, we hope to see appropriate steps being taken to address these ambiguities, some of which are listed below.Continue Reading

UK, US, Six Others Launch Multilateral Tax Risk Assurance Program For MNEs

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


Eight tax administrations, including the UK and the US, have launched a pilot program for the multilateral risk assessment of multinational corporations.Continue Reading

Panama, Malaysia, Four Others Sign OECD’s BEPS Convention

Tax administration commit to exchanging CbC reports

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


Barbados, Côte d’Ivoire, Jamaica, Malaysia, Panama, and Tunisia have newly signed the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Multilateral Convention, the OECD announced on January 24, 2018.Continue Reading

Hong Kong, French Tax Administrations to Exchange CbC Reports

Hong Kong Bill implements transfer pricing, BEPS rules

On January 15, 2018, the Government of Hong Kong announced that it has entered into a bilateral arrangement with France to automatically exchange country-by-country (CbC) reports filed by multinational corporations.Continue Reading

Malaysian Tax Authority Issues Taxpayer Guidance On MAP

Malaysian taxpayer guidance on MAP

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


On January 11, 2018, the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia released detailed taxpayer guidance on the mutual agreement procedure (MAP) framework contained in tax treaties.Continue Reading

Indian IT Giant Infosys Signs APA with US

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Indian IT giant Infosys Limited has announced the successful conclusion of an advance pricing agreement (APA) with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a move that will enhance predictability of the company’s tax obligations in respect of its US operations.Continue Reading

Hong Kong Implements Country-by-Country Reporting Requirement

Hong Kong Bill implements transfer pricing, BEPS rules

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


On December 29, 2017, Hong Kong gazetted the Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No. 6) Bill, 2017, which provides for an implementation framework for country-by-country (CbC) reporting in Hong Kong.Continue Reading

Hong Kong Gazettes Transfer Pricing Changes

Hong Kong Bill implements transfer pricing, BEPS rules

The author is Alex Hunter, Editor, TP News. He oversees and updates the publication and also  regularly writes news stories about transfer pricing and international tax law. Alex is reachable on email (editor@transferpricingnews.com) and by phone (+447808558597). 


On December 29, 2017, Hong Kong gazetted the Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No. 6) Bill, 2017, which codifies transfer pricing principles into the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112) and implements the OECD’s BEPS minimum standards.Continue Reading

Mongolia Joins BEPS Inclusive Framework

Mongolia joins BEPS Inclusive Framework on BEPS

Mongolia has joined the OECD’s Inclusive Framework on BEPS, bringing the total number of countries participating in the project on an equal footing to 111.

Members of the framework work together with other OECD and G-20 countries on implementing the BEPS package consistently and on developing further standards to address BEPS issues.