Four tobacco companies channel about 40 per cent of their annual profits through the Netherlands to avoid taxes. Despite international measures, this has not yet
Stefan Vermeulen (1983) has been working as a journalist since 2010. In 2011, he won the Dutch ‘Loep’ award for best young talent in investigative journalism. He specialises in financial and economic issues. His articles were published in Dutch newspapers NRC Handelsblad and Trouw, business magazine Quote and online magazines such as Follow the Money, Vrij Nederland and HP/De Tijd. In 2016, Vermeulen published a book about the Heineken Group, and in 2019 a book about Dutch department store chain HEMA. Both books were nominated for the Brusse Prize for best Dutch nonfiction book. For The Investigative Desk, Vermeulen has been working on articles about tax evasion since the summer of 2019.
According to the Dutch tax authorities (Belastingdienst), British American Tobacco channelled 4 billion euros in worldwide profits through the Netherlands without paying any tax on
The tax authorities in the Netherlands demand 902 million pounds sterling from London-based tobacco manufacturer British American Tobacco, for alleged tax evasion between 2003 and