Recently in the Netherlands, the Miljoenennota, the cabinet's expected developments and plans for the next year, was presented. This year, too, there is a lot of criticism from experts. One of those experts, Peter Kavelaars, Professor of Economics of Taxation at Erasmus School of Economics, shares his views regarding taxes in an article by the Telegraaf.
The professor began by expressing his regret that it was mainly the practical side of the tax system that was discussed. Nevertheless, he believes that state secretary Marnix van Rij has not done poorly. 'There have been many bills, around fifteen. Normally, it stalls at six or seven. A diligent man,' Kavelaars argues.
Opinions are divided on new plans for the Dutch tax system. Some tax experts are increasingly thinking of a complete overhaul of the tax system. Kavelaars, however, sees this differently: 'nonsense. All we need to do is remove the complexities. Now, we are trying to direct citizens through taxes. That instrumentalism has to stop, since it really makes the system unnecessarily complex,' he says.