Probably 8,000 people on the Tax Authorities blacklist have unfairly received no help in repaying their debts. This was evident today in a debate in the House of Representatives about the fraud approach at the tax authorities.
They did apply for debt restructuring but not received, because they were listed on the Fraud Enforcement Facility (the FSV list). The number of victims who missed out on debt counseling was previously estimated between 5000 and 15,000 people.
In early 2020, revelations from RTL News and Trouw came to light that the tax authorities recorded names of people suspected of fraud. They came up for fraud, but also by a tip from, for example, a jealous neighbor or because data were simply requested that had nothing to do with fraud. There were about 240,000 people listed.
The group that was rejected for debt assistance is eligible for compensation. In January, Secretary of State Vijlbrief van Finances wants to give more clarity about this, he promised the House of Representatives.
There will also be a good number of investigations into the problems at the tax authorities, the FSV list and more than a hundred smaller lists of the tax authorities, says Vijlbrief. The group that needs to be compensated is not yet fully in the picture. “I cannot rule out that in the studies that are still coming into private individuals and SMEs on the blacklist, people of whom you say, ‘you have to compensate’.”
The debate also focused on concerns about how the tax authorities are doing today. MPs wonder whether the privacy of taxpayers is properly guaranteed and whether the check of taxes is still successful. “This is just a huge job,” says Vijlbrief, who stressed that the ordinary work of the Tax Authorities must continue.
“That‘s the reason if I sometimes don’t sleep,” said Vijlbrief. “I cannot deny it, that continuous pressure on the tax authorities does not make it easier.”