Digital Economy

The increasing digitization of society and business has led to a completely different and constantly changing economic landscape.


Would you like to know how developments concerning taxation of the digital economy can impact your business?

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OECD Update: 'Unified Approach' promising for acceptance

On 31st of January, 2020, the OECD gave an update on the outline for a global taxation of multinationals: 'Unified Approach'. Jaap Reyneveld, partner at KPMG Meijburg & Co: “It looks like the 'Unified Approach' of the OECD has a good chance of being accepted on a global level. This will have an impact on both tech companies and more traditional multinationals."

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Major changes EU VAT and e-commerce 2021

New VAT rules for e-commerce will be introduced in the European Union (EU) as of January 1, 2021. In this blog Max van de Ven, Andy van Esdonk and Giancarlo Stanco, of KPMG Meijburg & Co, each share their view on the impact of these new VAT rules.

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BEPS 2.0 Update: A new tax system for the digital era

On 24th of October, 2019, the roundtable session 'BEPS 2.0 Update' took place at KPMG Meijburg & Co. As a result, a report was made with interesting findings and feedback on the OECD consultation document for taxation in the digital economy (Pillar 1).

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“An aging population and digitization are eroding the tax base.”

A digitizing economy and an aging population are creating financial problems for governments and forcing them to look at the financing of public expenditure over the longer term. In other words, the sources of taxation. What is the solution? Robert van der Jagt, partner at KPMG Meijburg & Co, explains.

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“In a digital world, we don’t just tax profits in the country where a business has a physical presence.”

Most international businesses pay taxes via local offices (permanent establishments) on profits they realize in other countries. But in today’s digital economy there is often no such thing as a permanent establishment, despite the fact that products and services are sold in several countries, and customers create information that is valuable. Should the country where the customers are located therefore not also be able to tax part of the profits? Michael van Gijlswijk, partner at KPMG Meijburg & Co, explains these developments in more detail.



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“Consumers are now digital resources that are mined without being paid for.”

The current tax system is no longer adequate because it is not designed for digital business models like Airbnb, Uber, or Amazon. This gives rise to international tax debates, which sometimes raise the question whether we should fall back on ‘old-fashioned’ tax systems. Digital technology, the virtual presence, is new. However, the fundamental cornerstone of taxation - where profits are realized - is not. Even in the Dutch colonial era, a pertinent question was which part of the profits of multinationals could be attributed to the Dutch East Indies and taxed there. Fred van Horzen, partner at KPMG Meijburg & Co, explains.

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