Response from the Dutch Ambassador to the U.S.

Aruba is part of the Kingdom of The Netherlands. The Netherlands and the US share 400 years of history, values, and a strong economic relationship. The Netherlands is the third largest investor in the US.

Your recent article "A Caribbean Tax Holiday for U.S. Businesses" mentions Aruba twice, as one of a number of Caribbean countries that was used to evade US-taxes through the use of credit card payments. But nowhere in your article do you substantiate that this is the case for Aruba. The Aruban authorities have investigated this claim, and have not found any evidence to support it.

Aruba was one of the first countries, back in 2003, to conclude a Tax Information Exchange Agreement with the United States and has since then exchanged information on request several times. Its tax system is fully transparent, in accordance with OECD standards. Aruba has a corporate income tax rate of 28%; less then 1% of its economic activities come from offshore business. Aruba is a committed member country of the Financial Action Task Force in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

Yours Sincerely,

Renée Jones-Bos

Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Washington DC

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