CPB symposium: The End of Tax Havens?

On Thursday January 24th 2019, CPB organizes the symposium "The End of Tax Havens?". Recent initiatives of the OECD and the EU have announced a clamp-down on aggressive tax planning by multinationals. Moreover, the US have reformed their taxation of corporations, no longer allowing indefinite deferral of taxation by accumulating foreign income off-shore. New fiscal legislation in the Netherlands attempts to combat its role in facilitating international tax avoidance. Will all this lead to the demise of tax havens? And do corporate tax avoidance and tax evasion by wealthy individuals go hand in hand?

January 24, 2019
14:30 - 18:00
CPB-office, Bezuidenhoutseweg 30, The Hague

These topics have also been brought to the public eye, if not judgement, by phenomena such as the Panama Papers and the Swiss Leaks by which thousands of international financial constructions of firms and individuals have been brought to daylight. The issues are policy relevant too, because of the tax morale, tax revenues, tax equity, and for maintaining an attractive international investment climate. More than enough reasons for the CPB to host, on 24 January 2019, a Symposium titled The End of Tax Havens?  The aim is to contribute to the debate with sound economic analysis and discussion of empirical research.


Registration is required and can be done by e-mail to . There is a limited number of places available.

The preliminary programme is as follows.

14.30 – 15.00  Reception

15.00 – 15.20  Welcome / Opening : Laura van Geest (Director CPB) / Menno Snel (State Secretary for Finance)

15.20 – 16.00  Keynote: Niels Johannesen (University of Copenhagen)

16.00 – 16.10  Discussant: Astrid van Mierlo (European Commission)

16.10 – 16.30  Discussant: Marlies de Ruiter (EY)

16.30 – 17.00  Panel Discussion with the keynote speaker, the discussants and Arjan Lejour (CPB)

17.00 – 18.00  Drinks