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International exchange of information (conflicts with the tax authorities)

The tax authorities’ powers can sometimes extend far beyond national borders. Not only can the Netherlands ask other countries for information relevant to the levying and collecting of taxes, but so, too, may other countries send such requests to the Dutch tax authorities. These requests are based on the many treaties and European directives and regulations that have been agreed.

 

Avoiding international exchange of information

If you receive a request for an international exchange of information, you may think you automatically have to provide that information. But that may not necessarily be the case. Perhaps you are concerned about protecting your competitive position, interests and sensitive business information if you comply with such a request. Or maybe you want to know exactly how the procedures for international exchanges of information work.

 

Our attorneys are highly experienced in handling requests for the international exchange of information and so can provide effective support during any related discussions and prior audits.

 

Since 2014, notifications that can be objected to have no longer been issued in the case of exchanges of tax information. However, notification is still possible in respect of a foreign request for information dating back to before 2014. There are also various other ways to influence exchanges of tax information. Before an audit takes place, it is therefore very important to establish the nature and source of any request for information. Even if the request for information relates to a criminal law case, legal remedies are available to prevent you from having to exchange information. Our attorneys will be pleased to assist you with these and other matters.