Lesotho has deposited its instrument of ratification for the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS Convention).
The BEPS Convention will enter into force on November 1, 2022, for Lesotho.
On August 1, 2022, over 890 treaties concluded among the 77 jurisdictions which have ratified, accepted or approved the BEPS Convention will have already been modified by the BEPS Convention. Around 930 additional treaties will be modified once the BEPS Convention will have been ratified by all Signatories.
Further progress has been made on the implementation of the international standard on harmful tax practices as the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS, the OECD said on July 27.
At its April 2022 meeting, the Forum on Harmful Tax Practices (FHTP) agreed new conclusions on 12 regimes as part of the implementation of the BEPS Action 5 minimum standard on harmful tax practices. Eswatini and Honduras made government commitments, and therefore, three regimes are now in the process of being amended/eliminated.
Four regimes have been amended to be in line with the standard and are now not harmful (Costa Rica, Greece and Kazakhstan). Italy abolished its patent box regime. Furthermore, three regimes were concluded as potentially harmful (Armenia and Pakistan); the FHTP will assess at its next meeting if these regimes are actually harmful. Finally, one new regime from Cabo Verde is under review.