Francis Weyzig

Tax, finance 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