The inequality between rich and poor is still increasing world wide, and tax evasion through the Netherlands plays a significant role in this widening gap, development organization Oxfam Novib said in report Time to Care, published just before the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, NOS reports.
Streaming media giant Netflix was accused of using the Netherlands as a major part of a tax haven scheme to reduce its income tax liabilities globally. A report released this week by Tax Watch UK said Netflix moved between $327 and $430 million into tax havens in 2018, out of its total global profits that year of $1.2 billion.
Big businesses in the Netherlands paid significantly less taxes between 2008 and 2017. The so-called tax burden, the tax that large companies actually pay, decreased from 22.9 percent to 17.1 percent in the past year, while the rates have not changed, Statistics Netherlands concluded in a study commissioned by the parliamentary committee on finance.
Shell paid no taxes on the billions of euros in profit it made in the Netherlands over the past years, Marjan van Loon, director of Shell Netherlands, admitted to magazine Elsevier.
Tucker Carlson, a presenter on American broadcaster Fox News, called Dutch journalist and historian Rutger Bregman a "moron" during an interview, according to video footage of the interview released by platform NotThisNews.
The interview started off well enough, but by the end Carlson is completely sick of the Dutch historian. "I wanna say to you, why don't you go fuck yourself, you tiny brain - and I hope this gets picked up, because you're a moron", Carlson said to Bregman. "I tried to give you a hearing, but you were too fucking annoying."
Queen Maxima fulfills all her tax obligations in Argentina, government information service Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst said following reports in Argentine media accusing the Dutch queen of tax evasion.
Argentine investigative website El Cohete a la Luna reported that Queen Maxima never reported improvements to the real estate and infrastructure on the land she and King Willem-Alexander own in Argentina, her country of birth. As a result, Argentina is losing out on tax revenues, according to the site.
Dutch Queen Maxima has been accused of tax evasion in Argentine media. According to investigative website El Cohete a la Luna, Maxima does not report the correct value of her possessions in Patagonia, in the west of Argentina, to the tax authorities. Dutch parliamentarians are demanding an explanation from Prime Minister Mark Rutte, AD reports.
American companies are investing less and less in the Netherlands. This is mainly due to tax reforms in the United States - president Donald Trump reduced corporation tax significantly, making it more attractive for American companies to invest in their own country. But the Rutte III government's planned crackdown on shell companies may also play a role, NOS reports.
Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian company that stood central in in the Panama Papers scandal, did not know who its customers were in many cases. A new leak from the company contains 180 new Dutch names, NOS reports.
Like Shell, Unilever also came up with a construction that should ensure that its British shareholders will not have to pay dividend tax now that the Dutch-British company will be based in the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, wants the government to explain a controversial deal that Shell made with the Dutch tax authorities in 2005. As a result of this deal, Shell's British shareholders are exempt from dividend tax in the Netherlands, through which the Dutch treasury lost out on over 7 billion euros, newspaper Trouw reported on Saturday.
The outlook for the Netherlands economy is still positive, the International Monetary Fund said in its annual report on the Netherlands. The IMF again raised concerns about the growth of wages in the country being smaller than other countries with comparable economies. Annual wage growth in the Netherlands is around 1 percent, too little to compensate for inflation, the IMF said, NOS and ANP report.
The European Commission is launching an investigation into Ikea's tax construction in the Netherlands. European Commissioner on competition Margrethe Vestager is expected to officially announce the investigation on Tuesday, British newspaper the Financial Times reports.
The European Union published its black list of tax havens. It consists of 17 countries the EU believes help multinationals and rich people avoid the tax authorities. The Netherlands does not appear on the list - no EU countries do. But Aruba and Curacao, which form part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, were placed on a "gray list" - they have two years to implement promised improvements, or they'll be blacklisted, the Volkskrant reports.
With hidden cameras, television program Zembla caught Uber drivers in Amsterdam breaking the city's taxi regulations. The drivers sometimes pick up passengers from the street, without them ordering an Uber taxi with the app, while the Amsterdam regulations state that only drivers from the eight official taxi centers in the city are allowed to do so, Het Parool reports.
State Secretary Menno Snel of Finance ordered an investigation into 4 thousand tax deals the Tax Authority made with companies and organization. He wants to make sure that the proper procedures were followed in making these so-called tax rulings, NOS reports.
Dutch tax inspector gave United States multinational Proctor & Gamble permission to move 676 million dollars to the Cayman Islands untaxed, Trouw reported on Tuesday based on its own investigation into the so-called Paradise Papers. As a result, the Dutch treasury missed out on 169 million dollars, or over 145 million euros, in taxes, according to the newspaper.
The Netherlands is the number one choice in the world for multinationals to funnel money into tax havens, according to a study done by researchers at the University of Amsterdam. The researchers concluded that 23 percent of capital flows through the Netherlands go towards tax havens, ANP reports.
Britain comes in second place with 14 percent, followed by Switzerland with 6 percent, Singapore with 2 percent and Ireland with 1 percent. Together these five countries account for nearly half of the money globally funneled towards tax havens.
The G20 summit is starting in Hamburg today and the Netherlands is participating for the first time in seven years, at the invitation of German chancellor Angela Merkel. And while the Netherlands is excited about taking part in the summit, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his delegation may face some uncomfortable questions, given the Netherlands' reputation as 'tax haven'.
Rock bands The Rolling Stones and U2 don't have offices in the Netherlands for tax-evasion purposes, but because of the "specific experience and expertise" the country has to offer, their management said to an investigative committee on Monday, NU.nl reports.
Dutch railway company NS is circumventing the Dutch Tax Authorities using its subsidiary Abellio in Ireland, Trouw reported on Thursday. According to the newspaper, the Ministry of Finance previously instructed NS to stop these tax evasion practices.
Abellio set up an Irish company called Disa Assets Limited late last year, according to documents from the Irish Chamber of Commerce. NS used this company to fund trains for a tender on the German track. According to the newspaper, the sole purpose of this new subsidiary is to pay as little tax as possible.
The tax authorities investigative department FIOD arrested two persons in charge of a well known sushi chain in Rotterdam on Tuesday on suspicion of large-scale fraud, AD reports.
A criminal investigation was launched into the duo after a tax audit at one of the sushi restaurants revealed that data was deleted from the point-of-sale system. The tax authorities believe that this was done to skim revenue.
Skimming revenue in order to evade taxes is considered fraud. According to FIOD it distorts competition and harms tax payers.
Even more Dutch are connected to the Panama Papers scandal than was previously known, according to a new investigation of the Papers done by Financieele Dagblad. According to FD, Dutch trust office Haags Juristen College (HJC) created over 200 partnerships for Dutch in Panama and Seychelles with constructions to hide assets.
State Secretaries of Finance Joop Wijn (2004), Frans Weekers (2011) and Eric Wiebes (2015) all agreed to make controversial tax deals with multinational corporations, and not tell other European countries about it, Trouw reports based on internal documents from the Ministry of Finance that were released last weeks. The documents show that Finanace officials internally warned for years of the possible consequences of such agreements.