In the last ten years the tax burden for big companies has kept on falling, so concludes the Statistics Netherlands (CBS). According to Peter Kavelaars, Professor of Economics of Taxation at Erasmus School of Economics, the numbers do not say much about the prise the companies pay and if profits move abroad.
The tax burden only measures the burden for profits earned in the Netherlands, thus Kavelaars. Between 2008 and 2017 the tax burden dropped by 6 percent for big companies. In this way, the effective tax burden dropped from 22.9 percent in 2008 to 17.1 percent in 2017. All while the nominal tax burden stayed around the 25 percent. ‘It’s nice, but it doesn’t say much’, according to Kavelaars about the research. He states it is logical that the tax burden drops when the tariffs have decreased.