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Dutch Dividend Tax Stays While Other Loathed Measures May Die

Oct. 17, 2018, 1:12 PM

The Dutch government’s abrupt decision to retain its 15 percent tax on dividend distributions means it can use the freed-up funds to ax or amend other unpopular measures.

In what looks like an attempt to repair the reputational damage from the controversial tax plans, the center-right government led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte is funneling 1.9 billion euros ($2.2 billion)—the cost of ending the tax—toward abolishing or mitigating the impact of proposed changes that have drawn the ire of local corporations and investors in recent months.

Among the plans are moves to lower the...

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