Published On: Thu, Apr 28th, 2016

Dutch Parliament: “Remarkably many tax treaties Dutch Caribbean countries”

Dutch ParliamentTHE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch opposition party in parliament, the Socialist Party (SP) noted in a letter to the junior minister of finance, Eric Wiebes that it might be wise to pay close attention to tax evasion in tax treaties between the Netherlands, on behalf of Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten and other countries.

The Dutch government recently sent to the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament a list of treaties that are still being negotiated, such as dozens of aviation treaties for Curaçao and St. Maarten, but also many treaties to prevent double taxation.

The SP believes that a striking number of tax treaties are being signed on behalf of the three Caribbean countries, including one between Aruba and Panama.

“What role does the Panama Papers have in these negotiations? Did these lead to changes in the negotiations?” The party asked in their letter referring to the leaked documents about tax evasion. The SP wants to know if the parties pay additional attention to safeguards against tax evasion or avoidance when negotiating.

“Are treaty abuse and aggressive tax planning as well as conventions on behalf of Curaçao, St. Maarten and Aruba prevented as much as possible?”

Another Dutch party in Parliament, the CDA wants to know why treaties on behalf of the Dutch Caribbean countries sometimes take the form of a full-fledged treaty on double taxation and sometimes limited to the exchange of data. The other parties did not have any specific questions about treaties for the Caribbean.

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