The tax authorities favored Uber and violated the rules

1. “Tax Office favors Uber”

The tax authorities favored the taxi company Uber in 2015, thus violating the rules and even possibly acting criminally. This is the conclusion of Financieele Dagblad, which together with other media gained access to thousands of internal emails, minutes and Whatsapp messages, renamed Uber files† The information leaked to the international journalist collective ICIJ.

Tax authorities delayed other countries’ requests for information about Uber, leaked information about other authorities to the company, and lobbied the French for a friendlier tax treatment of Americans.

It is not known why Tax made such an effort for Uber. According to FD, it appears that the government body wanted to boost employment at Uber’s European headquarters in Amsterdam. The leaked communication would also show that senior tax officials were in awe of Uber as a US technology disruptor. On Sunday night, it turned out that former EU Commissioner and VVD member Neelie Kroes was secretly lobbying for the taxi company.

2. Good pay not enough to bring in talent

Employers who want to hire and retain staff in today’s tight labor market must offer more than good pay and benefits. It reports the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP) in a comprehensive survey among Dutch companies.

As examples of what employers should also do, SCP mentions ‘reducing work pressure, offering training, offering opportunities for people with a work disability and making it possible to work from home’. It is also necessary because, according to SCP, about half of the companies had problems attracting new employees in 2020.

Also read: higher pay to attract scarce talent? It is not (always) enough

3. YB wants to finance DKK 1 million annually

The yoghurt company YB (formerly Yoghurt Barn) closed its first equity financing campaign last week with 9 tonnes of growth money. YB gave away about 4 percent of the shares to 633 small investors. YB entrepreneur Wouter Staal tells MT / Sprout that from now on he hopes to raise half a million twice a year through share funding. He has already started a first campaign for 5 tons. For this, Staal is giving away about 2 percent of its shares.

Asked what percentage of his shares he is ultimately willing to give away through stock financing, Staal said: “It simply came to our notice then. Just check once a year how these campaigns are running. I can well imagine that in that way you lose 25 percent to your followers. That seems like a very good percentage to me. ‘

Also read: ‘If you want influence, do not aim for an exit’

4. Possible solution to the nitrogen crisis: achieving climate goals

If the Netherlands succeeds in achieving its climate goals, farmers will have to reduce their nitrogen emissions by a quarter to half as much as is currently the case. This creates a huge bonus in nitrogen increase. It appears from new calculations from the Ministry of Finance, which have been seen by the NRC. It is then important that more people run electricity, dense coal-fired power plants and factories reduce their CO2 emissions.

Farmers, however, should not celebrate too soon. The Ministry responds to the FD that the report is only a ‘hypothesis’. The leaked report is said to be incomplete. Moreover, the underlying model has not yet been validated. The ministry expects to be able to create more clarity for the summer.

5. ‘Wirecard falsified customer data’

The former German fintech company Wirecard falsified customer data in 2019 to secure an investment from Softbank. It informs the Financial Times with reference to anonymous sources. When Softbank was on board, it also became easier for Wirecard to get other parties on board. In the end, this gave Wirecard a $ 1.4 billion investment.

Wirecard almost completed an investment from Softbank in 2019, until FT reports revealed that the company was heavily dependent on shady parties from Asia. Softbank then required Wirecard to list its most important customers. Since these companies had no customers, Wirecard made them themselves. Operations Director Jan Marsalek and a colleague would have been responsible for this.

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6. And so this: Musk laughs of lawsuits Twitter

Elon Musk is also a bit lost. He posted one meme on twitter whereupon he can be seen smiling. This is in response to the lawsuit that Twitter is taking against him because he is waiving the purchase of Twitter. “Now they want to force me through the courts to take over Twitter,” he writes. “As a result, they have to release information about bots in court.”

Twitter claims that the number of bots and fake accounts makes up 5 percent of the total, but according to Musk, there are many more. He therefore abandons the deal, but must legally pay $ 1 billion for it. Musk reached an agreement last spring to sell Twitter for $ 44 billion. The stock market for tech companies then collapsed, leaving Musk with an expensive purchase. Critics say Musk wants out of the sale because of the price, which is no longer in line with the market.

What we also read:

  • Spacs’ heyday is behind us (FD)
  • Basic income has been around for a long time. Just in a different form (MIT Technology Review)
  • Why old solar panels will soon become valuable (The Verge)

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