More than 100 jurisdictions have concluded negotiations on a multilateral instrument that will implement a series of tax treaty measures to update international tax rules and lessen the opportunity for tax avoidance by multinational enterprises. [The Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent BEPS]( will implement minimum standards to counter treaty abuse and to improve dispute resolution mechanisms, while providing flexibility to accommodate specific tax treaty policies. It will also allow governments to strengthen their tax treaties with other tax treaty measures developed in the [OECD/G20 BEPS Project](

The new instrument will transpose results from the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project (BEPS) into more than 2 000 tax treaties worldwide. A signing ceremony will be held on June 2017 in Paris.

*“The adoption of this multilateral instrument marks a turning point in tax treaty history,”* according to OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. He continues, *“It will save countries from multiple bilateral negotiations and renegotiations to implement the tax treaty changes in the BEPS Project. More importantly, having more than 100 jurisdictions on board will help ensure consistency in the implementation of the BEPS Project, which will result in more certainty and predictability for businesses, and a better functioning international tax system for the benefit of our citizens.”*

[OECD Release](