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OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook 2019

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The new OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook presents the latest trends in performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and provides a comprehensive overview of business conditions and policy frameworks for SMEs and entrepreneurs.

This year’s edition provides comparative evidence on business dynamism, productivity growth, wage gaps and export trends by firm size across OECD countries and emerging economies. It explores the implications of digitalisation and globalisation for market conditions and SME access to strategic resources such as finance, skills, technology, data and other innovation assets. The report gives comparative analysis of regulatory frameworks and policies to enhance contributions by SMEs and entrepreneurs, and delivers a forward-looking perspective on the opportunities and challenges SMEs and entrepreneurs face in doing business and scaling up their activities. It also contains country profiles outlining the latest developments in national SME performance and business conditions, with expanded country profiles available on line.

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The Netherlands

The Netherlands offers among the most OECD accommodative regulatory conditions to businesses. But administrative burden on start-ups and the cost for starting a business remain comparatively high. The Dutch Advisory Board on Regulatory Burdens (ATR) (2017-21) reviews all new regulations with a view to reducing burdens on firms and citizens. A mandatory electronic filing system for financial statements was introduced in 2017 that alleviates SME administrative procedures. As part of the Coalition Agreement 2017, the Dutch government has outlined plans for reforming tax and regulatory policies over 2018-21 with a view to fighting tax evasion and levelling the playing field for SMEs. One of the first measures taken is a reduction of SME corporate income tax rate from 20% to 16%.

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