The Netherlands want to maintain the positive tax climate for foreign companies at all costs

Many parties acknowledge that the tax climate at debate has been put under pressure in the last years. However, in the 90s this strategy was conscious chosen. The Netherlands wanted this companies since they provide tax revenues and jobs. If other countries want to change this, the Netherlands will not make haste.

Simply competition

Add to this that the overall felling is that other countries not so much want the tax climate to be fairer for European citizens, but simply are after he headquarters that are based here. However, there seems to be some movement in the positioning in points of view. Developing country hardly can collext any tax revenues,. Even parties that were advocates now see that something has to change. But that does not mean that the Netherlands will stop singlehandedly. Change of taxrules should be doen at a european level.

Jan van de Streek (professor Tax laws) thinks that the debate is shifting. Luckily the Netherlands, as EU-chairman, have taken the lead in preventing Multinationals from tax evasion. Van de Streek thinks that something has to change in the way of decision making in Europe. A change in taxrules required 28 EU members. That could be simplified to prevent one country from blocking the change. The solution could be that decisions are no longen made by unanimity but by majority. However this is a sensitive issue in Europe.

 

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