In the week that the Paradise Papers leak exposed some of the the murky dealings of the Dutch revenue service and Mark Rutte faced some awkward questions about his plans to scrap dividend tax, we ask how and why the Netherlands became a Valhalla of tax efficiency. Elsewhere, Dick Advocaat accidentally discloses his own departure as national team manager, a Van Gogh painting is revealed to contain a departed insect, and the deadline looms for health insurers to declare their rates for next year.
Discussion: Paradise Papers and corporate tax avoidance
The companies that stand out in the Paradise Papers (Trouw, Dutch)
How the Netherlands became a desirable onshore tax haven (Sueddeutsche Zeitung)
Every country is a tax haven (The Atlantic)