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Shell did not threaten to leave NL, executives tell MPs

December 15, 2017

Unilever and Shell did not directly threaten to move their head offices out of the Netherlands if the dividend tax was not abolished, senior officials told a parliamentary hearing on Friday, the Financieele Dagblad reported. However, officials did make it clear they had warned about the possible consequences if the tax was not abolished, the paper said. Both companies have split headquarter operations between the Netherlands and UK and are thought to have lobbied hard to get the new government to abolish the 15% tax.  The UK does not charge a tax on dividends. FULL ARTICLE

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