Friday 02 December 2022


Today’s Volkskrant carries an interview with British ‘tax convert’ John Christensen who is in The Hague this afternoon to launch the Dutch arm of the Tax Justice Network.

After a career with the British finance ministry and a trust office in Jersey, the British economist defected to the other side, as it were, and in 2002 he set up a network of academics and activists to fight for a fairer tax system.
The aim, he tells the paper, is to offer an alternative to the bankers, lawyers and tax advisors’ lobby.
The Dutch tax system encourages corruption, says Christensen: ‘Rich individuals and firms can reduce their tax in all sorts of ways… The result is that the ordinary man has to pay too much tax. When I worked in Jersey the moral was that only stupid people pay tax.’

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