I chose to remain a domiciled taxpayer for a couple of reasons. The main one was that I wanted my children to grow up where I grew up, to have proper roots in a culture as old and magnificent as Britain’s; to be citizens, with everything that implies, of a real country, not free-floating ex-pats, living in the limbo of some tax haven and associating only with the children of similarly greedy tax exiles.
A second reason, however, was that I am indebted to the British welfare state; the very one that Mr Cameron would like to replace with charity handouts. When my life hit rock bottom, that safety net, threadbare though it had become under John Major’s Government, was there to break the fall. I cannot help feeling, therefore, that it would have been contemptible to scarper for the West Indies at the first sniff of a seven-figure royalty cheque. This, if you like, is my notion of patriotism. On the available evidence, I suspect that it is Lord Ashcroft’s idea of being a mug
Many corporations based in the EU or elsewhere have a presence in the Netherlands primarily for fiscal benefits. Examples of companies that have their ultimate or intermediate headquarters in the Netherlands primarily for this reason include IKEA, Mittal Steel, EADS (parent company of Airbus), Nike, Trafigura, and Fujitsu-Siemens
It affects both the capacity of developing country governments to supply essential
services to their populations and the capacity of developed country governments to provide finance for development in the form of debt relief and Official Development Assistance (ODA). Hence, the Dutch tax policy is clearly inconsistent with the policy on development cooperation. Furthermore, it results in a shift of the tax burden to other sources of income such as labour and reduces possibilities for smaller companies to compete with multinational corporations. The tax haven features of the Netherlands also facilitate money laundering and attract companies with a dubious reputation.
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