Stefan Vermeulen (°1983) has been working as a journalist since 2010. In 2011, he won the Dutch ‘Loep’ award for best young talent in investigative journalism. He specialises in financial and economic issues.

His articles were published in Dutch newspapers NRC Handelsblad and Trouw, business magazine Quote and online magazines such as Follow the Money, Vrij Nederland and HP/De Tijd.

In 2016, Vermeulen published a book about the Heineken Group, and in 2019 a book about Dutch department store chain HEMA. Both books were nominated for the Brusse Prize for best Dutch nonfiction book.

For The Investigative Desk, Vermeulen has been working on articles about tax evasion since the Summer of 2019.

Stefan Vermeulen

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Stefan Vermeulen
finance, economy, tax evasion

Supported projects

Big Tobacco, Small Tax Bill

  • Economy
  • Finance
  • Industry

AMSTERDAM - While the Covid recovery is increasing pressure on public finances and raising the prospect of tax increases, this new research from The Investigative Desk with support from the University of Bath shows, for the first time on this scale, which tax avoidance methods the world’s four largest publicly traded tobacco companies are using to minimise their tax bill.