The digital tax has become one of the most discussed ideas in tax policy in the past months. Last year, the European Union wanted to introduce such a tax, which would specifically target companies providing digital services. This attempt ultimately failed due to the opposition of multiple member states.
Last month, the Dutch government began circulating a position paper suggesting the EU should introduce a Union-wide air passenger departure tax on flights departing from the European Union. The paper promoted by the Netherland’s Secretary of State for Finance Menno Snel suggests a 7 EUR per passenger flight tax be rolled out within all Member States. Then, the funds should be allocated to the national budgets of the respective airport of departure.
Screaming about more taxes for the rich is mere populist banter. You may go viral with it, but it will not solve the problems of the world.