Digital economy

Webcast series VAT changes e-commerce

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Webcast VAT changes e-commerce

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2nd Roundtable VAT changes e-commerce (skype meeting)

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Digital Economy

The increasing digitization of society and business has led to a completely different and constantly changing economic landscape. The current tax rules are still largely based on the ‘old’ economy in which physical presence in a country was often required for companies to do business locally. With the advent of internet, smartphones and other technological developments, this has completely changed. It is clear that the tax rules need to be adapted to bring them into line with current economic realities.

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KPMG submission on ‘Pillar One’ approach to address digital economy tax issues

This week KPMG submitted its comments to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) consultation with regard to the unified approach under Pillar One.

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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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“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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