Francis Weyzig

Taxation and development

The State Secretary of Finance loses his temper

All politicians bend the truth from time to time, some more than others. Often it’s a subtle process without major consequences. Last week, though, the Dutch State Secretary of Finance … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

The Nasty Four must show their real colours

When the OECD presented the final BEPS package in October 2015, with fifteen actions to address corporate tax dodging, I wrote a paper warning that this would accelerate the race … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Meet Portugal, the new tax haven

A few weeks ago, law firm Henley & Partners promoted its citizenship-by-investment programmes in the Executive Focus section of the Economist, disguised as a job ad. This week, Athena Advisers … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

There is no link between tax rates and competitiveness!

The Netherlands just joined the race to the bottom in corporate tax. Repeating the mantra that lower tax is good for the investment climate and necessary to remain competitive, the … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · 6 Comments

Defying the OECD’s crackdown on tax evasion

There it is again, this week. The outrageous ad in The Economist, thinly veiled as a job posting. I had not seen it for a few weeks and hoped it … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · 3 Comments

Bermuda: We are not a tax haven

In a highly entertaining Dutch TV documentary, small entrepreneur Jan sets out to minimize his tax bill. That’s easier said then done! Jan quickly finds out that for someone living … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Wiebes spreekt zichzelf tegen

Staatssecretaris Wiebes van FinanciĆ«n doet me soms denken aan Ernie uit Sesamstraat. Hij is de ander meestal op een verrassende en ontwapenende manier te slim af. Je moet het maar … Continue reading

July 20, 2017