Multilateral Instrument (MLI)

The multilateral instrument (MLI) implements the treaty related anti-tax avoidance measures of the BEPS project in bilateral tax treaties.

A highly innovative aspect of the BEPS project, the MLI allows for the relatively rapid inclusion in existing bilateral tax treaties of measures against treaty shopping, artificial avoidance of the PE status and hybrid mismatches, as well as improvements of the dispute resolution mechanism. The MLI currently covers 94 jurisdictions, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland. As from 1 January 2020 the MLI affects multiple Covered Tax Agreements and its scope of application is expanding rapidly. It will have a substantial impact on more than 1,500 existing bilateral tax treaties.

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MLI overview with regard to the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland

As from 1 January 2020, the MLI starts to modify a large number of existing bilateral tax treaties with anti-tax avoidance measures developed in the OECD BEPS project. The impact of these bilateral choices on a specific tax treaty will also depend on the choices made by the other treaty jurisdiction of that specific tax treaty. 

Overview: MLI choices made by the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland
News - 17 February 2020 - Global

Overview: MLI choices made by the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland

On 7 June 2017, the multilateral instrument (MLI) was signed covering 68 jurisdictions. In the meantime multiple other jurisdictions have signed the MLI raising...
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News - 05 August 2019 - Global

Impact of the MLI on the Luxembourg-Singapore tax treaty

The Multilateral Instrument (MLI) effectively entered into force for the Luxembourg-Singapore tax treaty (Treaty) on 1 August 2019. The MLI will broadly modify...
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Reform of Belgian Data Protection Authority still not put into practice
News - 02 July 2019 - Global

Belgium deposits the MLI ratification instrument

On 26 June 2019, Belgium deposited its Multilateral Instrument (“MLI”) ratification instrument with the OECD. In addition to the deposit of the MLI instrument...
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Reform of Belgian insolvency law as from 1 May
News - 06 March 2019 - Netherlands

Dutch Parliament approves MLI ratification bill

On 5 March 2019, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of Dutch Parliament approved the Multilateral Instrument (“MLI”) ratification bill.
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