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About Iven De hoon

Iven De Hoon wrote a number of books and articles on taxation. His trademark is a smooth, open style. Even the toughest subjects become understandable and captivating. Next to asset planning, his biggest passion is international taxation, especially everything offshore. He has, without a doubt, become the offshore specialist of the Benelux.

France wants back its rich people

The new French government, led by President Emmanuel Macron, announced a tax strategy which aims to significantly reduce the tax rates in the country by 2022. The new programme promises to reduce country’s financial deficit, improve its competitive environment, boost foreign investment, and lure financial institutions and large corporations to move from post-Brexit London to Paris. [...]

Is the Netherlands a tax haven?

According to a recent report entitled “Tax Battles: the dangerous global race to the bottom on corporate tax” that has been released by Oxfam International, five European countries fall within the list of the world’s fifteen most prominent corporate tax havens. These European countries are the Netherlands (third position), Switzerland (fifth position), Ireland (sixth position), Luxembourg [...]

Can the taxman identify owners of cryptocurrencies?

Capital gains obtained through transactions using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies gradually become subject to taxation in more and more countries all over the world. Taxable persons in those countries are required to declare transactions with cryptocurrencies in their annual tax returns. A failure to do so may result in heavy sanctions. However, can the taxman effectively [...]

Bitcoin taxation in the developed countries

In the recent years, there has been a steady increase of the use of virtual currencies (e.g., Ethereum, Peercoin, Dogecoin, Litecoin, and Bitcoin). Nowadays, they are widely used not only as payment methods, but also as investment instruments. Virtual currencies created a legal vacuum that was gradually filled with regulations. In this article, we will focus [...]

Kings or presidents – who pay more tax?

A recent public survey commissioned by the Dutch TV programme “EenVandaag” revealed that more than a half of the Dutch population (62%) would like their royal family, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and the abdicated Queen Beatrix, to pay tax as regular Dutch residents. The survey was conducted among 26.700 respondents who expressed their opinion about different [...]

Top 5 tax-friendly EU countries for large businesses

According to a recent research conducted by the Dutch financial newspaper “Het Financiële Dagblad”, large European enterprises pay an average corporate tax rate of 23,3% on their profits. The research analyzed the taxation of the 25 biggest firms trading on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, including Philips, Unilever, ING Group, and Heineken, and assessed their corporate tax [...]

Trump’s Corporate Tax Reform

The controversial US president Donald Trump is about to introduce his game-changing tax reform plan, or, as he calls it, something “phenomenal in terms of tax”. During the election campaign and immediately after the elections in November 2016, president Trump signalled about his plans to cut corporate tax rates in order to help businesses that currently [...]

Importance of China’s VAT Reform

China, one of the world’s most powerful economies, has recently implemented a significant tax reform. In May 2016, the Chinese business tax (BT) was effectively replaced with value-added tax (VAT). The tax reform aims to ease the tax burden on companies and assist the Chinese economy in shifting from labor-intensive manufacturing to service-oriented industries. For a [...]

The Success of the Indonesian Tax Amnesty Program

Indonesia, one of the biggest economies in Southeast Asia is implementing an ambitious tax amnesty program that aims to repatriate assets from tax heavens. Thus, the country hopes to reduce social inequality, stimulate its economic growth, and increase tax compliance on a sustained basis. The program includes tax incentives and immunity from prosecution in return for [...]

Georgia amends its Tax Code

Georgia continues to increase its level of attraction as a business hub. On the 1st of January 2017, the latest amendments of the Georgian Tax Code came into force. The new fiscal regime is simplified and made more liberal, in order to stimulate the country’s economic growth. In order to improve its investment environment, Georgia took [...]

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