Singapore has signed the multilateral instrument on 7 June 2017, aiming to facilitate the implementation of tax related measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI).
Singapore intends for the Multilateral Instrument to apply to Double Taxation Agreements with treaty partners that are members of the Ad Hoc Group, and this would put the treaties to be in line with international standards and increase access to benefits such as certainty and efficient dispute resolution mechanisms. The agreed changes to each DTA will enter into force after the Multilateral Instrument has been ratified by Singapore and the treaty partner.
Singapore will work towards the ratification of the Multilateral Instrument at the earliest possible date. Clarification of the changes to each DTA will be provided to the taxpayer by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore website.