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No legislation impacts so widely and deeply on every facet of day-to-day life as tax legislation. In addition, the rules are constantly changing. Economic theory tells us that the tax assessment should be formulated so as to be economically neutral, i.e. that it should have the least possible impact on commercial and economic decisions, with a view to preventing any adverse impact on welfare. Unfortunately, practicalities are a tad more flexible than pure economic theory and policy makers like to use taxes as a policy tool to influence economic decisions. The environment and the energy sectors are good examples of this.
From our Benelux offices, the tax lawyers at AKD are faced with the job of ensuring that taxes have the least possible adverse impact on the commerciality and asset management of its clients, whether businesses or high net worth individuals. We accomplish this by developing a deep knowledge of tax matters, keeping this refreshed and combining it with discipline-specific and industry specialisation and an approach that focuses on solving problems. We try not to mention any tax problem without a solution, assuming – for we are realists, after all – that there is a solution. Many of our tax lawyers know the business world from the inside and this is one reason why we understand what business people actually want. Tax advice and tax return work The tax practice group offers and places great store in the combination of tax advice and tax return work. A lot of time often passes between giving an opinion and filling in a return. We are happy to take responsibility for correctly processing your company's decisions, taken on the basis of our advice, into your tax returns. Years of experience with this process in practice mean that we have a number of highly experienced tax return specialists. Our expertise We work with virtually all forms of tax, from income tax to corporation tax, advance taxation such as dividend and payroll taxes, and also transaction taxes such as VAT and property transfer tax. Business operations and asset management are cross-border phenomena for a large proportion of our clients and, with this in mind, we are also thoroughly well-versed in international tax law, which includes the operation of tax treaties and European tax law.Tax, legal and international advice The nature of our work means that you may come across us in a wide range of transactions, and this means that we will often get involved alongside specialists from other disciplines when attempting to prevent or resolve problems for you. We use specialist lawyers for this, from other practice groups within AKD. With full service tax practices in the Netherlands and Luxembourg and access to a close-knit international network of outstanding tax lawyers, we can assist you with similar issues in different countries. This means that you end up with total solutions from us, efficient and result-driven, for a wide gamut of legal and tax questions.