sweetheart tax deals

Dec 12 '16 10:02

The Netherlands is the biggest tax haven in the European Union and the third biggest in the world, according to Oxfam Novib's list of the 15 biggest tax havens in the world. Worldwide, only Bermuda and the Cayman Islands are ranked higher on the development organization's list, NOS reports.

Other EU countries in the top 15 list include Switzerland on 4th place, Ireland in 6th and Luxembourg on 7th position. Curacao is the 8th biggest tax haven in the world. And the British Virgin Islands made it to 15th place.

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Dec 7 '16 15:20

The Netherlands is still making secret tax deals with multinational companies, according to an European report on which Dutch research foundation SOMO worked. The Netherlands remains one of the ost important countries in Europe when it comes to tax evasion, the report states according to ANP.

Last year the Netherlands made 236 secret tax deals. That means that the country is 3rd in Europe in the number of secret tax deals made with multinationals last year. Only Belgium and Luxembourg made more.

Mark Rutte in his office (Source: Wikimedia/ATX-NL)
Aug 29 '16 10:09

A group of 80 technology companies from Silicon Valley in the United States wrote Prime Minister Mark Rutte a letter in May warning him of the consequences a deterioration in the Netherlands' tax climate will have, the Financieele Dagblad reports. The companies fear that a tougher approach from the Netherlands on multinational companies' tax avoidance will make the country less attractive for U.S. investors.

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Feb 15 '16 09:56

Between 2009 and 2014 Ikea evaded at least 1.032 billion euros in tax using a complicated construction with companies in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. Most of the tax money disappears via the Dutch subsidiary Inter Ikea Systems, the Volkskrant reports based on calculations by The Greens/European Free Alliance in the European Parliament.

microsoft
Nov 3 '15 15:10

After declaring the sweetheart tax deal between the Netherlands and Starbucks illegal two weeks ago, the European Commission is now looking into deals the Dutch tax authorities made with Microsoft, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Kraft Foods.

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Oct 23 '15 11:58

The Tax Authorities have no idea how many sweetheart tax deals have been made with Dutch companies or how much money is involved in such deals. So-called tax rulings and other agreements are made by inspectors and are only noted in individual files, an overview does not exist. Agreements with companies also fall under "fiscal confidentiality".

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Apr 29 '15 09:34

A delegation from the European Parliament will be visiting the Netherlands in May for an investigation into the so-called sweetheart tax deals with multinationals like Starbucks.

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Dec 15 '14 11:47

The Cabinet should inform the Second Chamber about what arrangements the Tax Service has made with multinationals. This is according to an opinion piece in the Volkskrant written by Jesse Klaver (GroenLinks), Arnold Merkies (SP,) Carola Schouten (ChristenUnie) and Pieter Omtzigt (CDA).

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