Tax evasion convention comes into force

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The Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI) came into force in India on 1 October, 2019. The MLI is an initiative spearheaded by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development enabling parties to concurrently modify their bilateral tax treaties to prevent base erosion and profit shifting. India ratified the convention on 25 June, 2019, providing for 93 of its tax treaties to be covered by the MLI.

While Mauritius also ratified the MLI on 18 October 2019, it has not notified its tax treaty with India to be covered under the MLI. Therefore, the India-Mauritius Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement is unlikely to be affected by the MLI.

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