Inheritance tax and gift tax

Guidelines on Mandatory Disclosure Rules (DAC6) published

During the parliamentary debates on the Dutch implementation of the Mandatory Disclosure Rules (DAC6) it was acknowledged that, in practice, it can be difficult to determine whether or not a certain arrangement is reportable. The Guidelines for Reportable Cross-border Arrangements published on June 30, 2020 by Decree dated June 24, 2020, provide further details about the reporting obligation for ‘Dutch’ intermediaries or ‘relevant taxpayers’.

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Postponement of deadline for notifications under the Mandatory Disclosure Rules (DAC6)

Recently, agreement was reached at the EU level on postponing by six months the deadline(s) for notifying reportable cross-border arrangements to the Dutch tax authorities under the Mandatory Disclosure Rules (DAC6). By letter to the Lower House of Parliament dated June 26, 2020, the Deputy Minister informed the Lower House that he will also be granting a postponement in the Netherlands by way of a policy statement of the same date enclosed with that letter.

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Building Blocks for a Better Tax System

On May 18, 2020 the ‘Building Blocks for a Better Tax System’ package was published. The reports, which together contain more than 1000 pages of text, have resulted in 169 detailed policy options on a large number of taxes, which can be used by a new government.

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Upper House adopts 2020 Tax Plan package and bills on ATAD2 and DAC6

Along with the adoption of the 2020 Tax Plan package and the bills on the implementation of ATAD2 and DAC6, the Upper House also adopted several motions.

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Bill on implementation of UBO register presented for public consultation

On March 31, 2017 the draft bill on the Registration of Ultimate Beneficial Owners Implementation Act (hereinafter: the bill) was presented for public consultation

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Update on UBO register

On December 19, 2017, the European Commission published an amendment to the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (2015/849). The 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive contains rules on the UBO register. These rules must then be transposed into national legislation. 

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Update on the progress of the UBO register in the Netherlands

On January 31, 2018, the Dutch government published the proposed Decree implementing the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Prevention) Act 2018 (Uitvoeringsbesluit Wwft 2018) (hereinafter: the draft decree). The draft decree stipulates additional rules for defining the ultimate beneficial owners (UBOs) of legal entities in the Netherlands. 

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Political agreement reached on proposal for mandatory disclosure of reportable cross-border arrangements by intermediaries

On March 13, 2018, the European Council reached political agreement on the proposal for amending the Directive on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation (Directive 2011/16/EU or DAC). This is the latest in a series of EU initiatives in the field of the automatic exchange of information in tax matters. 

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Draft 2018 Decree implementing the Wwft provides greater insight into specifics of UBO register

On April 6, 2018, the Draft 2018 Decree implementing the Wwft (hereinafter: the draft Decree), accompanying the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Act (Wet ter voorkoming van witwassen en financieren van terrorisme; hereinafter: Wwft), was published. The draft Decree includes an elaboration of the concept of UBO (Ultimate Beneficial Owner). 

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