Francis Weyzig

Taxation and development

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

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

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 · 5 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

Belgium far more transparant than Luxembourg and the Netherlands

Luxembourg In April I visited Luxembourg to discuss progress against tax avoidance. Believe it or not, Luxleaks has triggered some serious changes in the country, and there‚Äôs even the start … Continue reading

July 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Will this time be different?

While the Duth government was blocking EU measures against harmful hybrid financing structures, it continued with tax innovation. In 2010, it lowered the preferential rate of the patent box from … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · 2 Comments