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Many years of research by SOMO pays off [Netherlands]

After years of social pressure, the Dutch government recently admitted...that its tax policy, including tax treaty policy, is harmful to many people, countries and companies worldwide. SOMO has played an important role in recent years by publishing numerous reports about tax avoidance...Studies by SOMO have shown that large multinationals establish so-called “mailbox” companies in the Netherlands and use them to channel payments to tax havens...[T]he money that flows through these companies results in a direct loss of tax revenue for other countries, especially developing countries, which lose billions of Euros...The Ministries of Finance and Development Cooperation have announced they will join forces to reduce tax avoidance in the Netherlands...Whether government proposals for a fairer tax system will succeed will depend on the way the measures are implemented and enforced. Yet SOMO is excited about the current impact of its investigations.