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The future of Taxes
A public dialogue organised by the Club of Amsterdam

Tax has many associations. It has long been viewed with fatal resignation, likened to a natural but inevitable force. It has also underpinned our civilisation's history. Whether we embrace positive or negative views of tax it has a deeply embedded role within society. [percapita]

Homme Heida:
- Would it make sense to create a different tax structure reflecting the allocation of taxes to specific purposes?
- Why doesn't everyone revolt, when accumulative taxes (direct and indirect) on income are about 80%?
- What will happen if tax evasion becomes a national sport and when digital media facilitate tax evasion?
- Will lower taxes in surrounding countries lead to a massive outflux of tax payers?
- To which extent can taxes be used to influence purchasing behaviour of people and companies?

Frank Herreveld, Partner Tax Controversy and Litigation, Deloitte Belastingadviseurs B.V.,
Chairman Tax Controversy Management Group
Taxation in 2020, IRS for Big Brother.

No doubt the future of taxation will be in so called enhanced relations between taxpayer and the Tax Authorities and the use of electronic data gathering and internet. For individual taxpayers this will be seen through a personal internet page (PIP), for companies through Horizontal Monitoring. Mainstream will be: those who are compliant will be left alone, much relies on the self assessment of taxpayers; on the other side, those who choose not te be compliant or are supposed to be non compliant, will be chased by a tough acting IRS, according to the stick and carrot theory.

Iskander Smit, strategy director, Info.nl and head of info.nl/labs
The Internet of Things as enabler of a new organization of responsibility

More and more things are connected to the Internet. And we grow into an access based economy where we expect products and services that are available on a right-now basis. In the future we can expect this new reality to develop in another way of paying taxes for the use of goods. It will change the model of participation as we ‘vote’ with our consumption. Iskander Smit explores this possible future and makes it tangible with a possible customer journey.

Annegien Blokpoel, CEO, PerspeXo & Carla Hoekendijk, Artist, Consultant, New Media and Game Theorist
Taxes, making the world a better or worse place?

Taxes are of all times and of all societies. Therefore no society can be without, at the same time the architecture is manmade, based on paradigms.

  • Are taxes fair?
  • What are the systems we use to create wealth and (re)distribute wealth and welfare?
  • Are the human basic principles of fairness of all times or changing?

In this session we will co-create together a system which balances individual and communal interest today and tomorrow.

Moderated by Homme Heida.

the future of Taxes
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Reception: 18:30-19:00, Conference: 19:00-21:15
Location: Info.nl - Sint Antoniesbreestraat 16, 1011 HB Amsterdam [Next to Nieuwmarkt]
This event is supported by Info.nl

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