Blackstone owns housing value €800m in NL, but pays no tax: VK

A poster in Amsterdam protesting about the sale of social housing. Photo: DutchNews.nl

American expense property Blackstone, which has created up a Dutch housing portfolio valued at €793m because 2019, pays no tax on its true estate in the Netherlands, the Volkskrant reported on Saturday.

The enterprise employs a wide range of confined and keeping corporations by way of Luxembourg, Jersey and the Cayman Islands to ‘lose’ its revenue and make a decline on its Dutch enterprise, for this reason the zero tax monthly bill, the paper reported.

The loss in the Netherlands has been produced by curiosity prices on debts that the Dutch organizations have with the Luxembourg firms, the Volkskrant said.

Blackstone can deduct these interest expenditures from its rental revenue in the Netherlands – leaving no earnings and consequently no tax to be compensated on the rent paid by its tenants.

The desire owed does not have to be compensated either. Instead it is extra to the loan every yr, increasing the discussion and subsequently the yearly deduction for curiosity compensated, the paper claimed. 

In 2015, the then housing minister Stef Blok known as on international traders to set revenue into the housing industry and a amount of traders have because moved in.

Blackstone now owns some 1,700 homes in the Netherlands and they are valued at €793m on the company’s publications.

Legal

Blackstone explained to the Volkskrant in a response that it meets Dutch legislation and all proper tax is paid.

‘The construction we use is in line with that used by institutional traders all more than the environment,’ the company said. ‘In the past five yrs we have invested a lot more than €4bn in the growth and enhancement of our Dutch assets portfolio, which includes offices, logistics, hospitality, housing and retail.’

Intense

Leiden University tax legislation professor Jan van de Streek explained to the Volkskrant that the Blackstone method is ‘aggressive tax planning’ in the ‘danger zone’ to be viewed as abusive.

Tax places of work are starting to be a lot more essential of the non-public fairness strategy and in the long run it would be up to the Supreme Court to say if this is authorized, he claimed.

Blackstone hit the Dutch headlines past month when it claimed that 328 households on its textbooks in Amsterdam were vacant. Assets owners in the money are demanded to short the city council if their home is empty for much more than six months but till that stage the firm experienced only designed reports about 6.

In 2019, the UN’s housing advisor accused private equity firms and Blackstone of exploiting tenants, ‘wreaking havoc’ in communities and assisting to gas a worldwide housing crisis.

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