The parents who are in the Tax Administration‘s Supplements Department as victims in the payment affair must be helped by the end of 2021. Secretary of State Alexandra van Huffelen hopes to give the 8,300 parents clarity in March next year about their files and when they receive compensation. Parents who get into acute financial difficulties are helped earlier.
It concerns about 80 parents who will soon get into trouble if they are not helped. For example, they are evicted from their homes or can no longer shop for their families. They are already being compensated this year. The 170 parents who have been struggling with a “harrowing situation” for years will also be helped before the end of the year. These are parents whose lives have changed dramatically by the actions of the Tax Administration.
Parents receive compensation for being the victim of the tax authorities’s derailed hunt for fraudsters. They were wrongly accused of committing fraud and had to repay huge sums without having a fair chance of appealing. This in many cases led to major financial and personal problems.
Compensating the duped parents is one of Van Huffelen‘s most important tasks as Secretary of State, but this ‘recovery operation‘ turns out to be a lot more complex than thought. This summer 108 parents have been compensated with a “relatively clear file”. Thus, the reigning woman found out that more time was needed to help them. Nor was the set up crisis organisation that handles the payment affair unable to cope with the large numbers of files.
There will be an emergency scheme for parents who have financial problems. If, after all, there is not enough money in the parents’ account, which prevents them from paying their medicines or rent, they can apply for an amount of up to 500 euros from that pot in principle. Should it be necessary, it is also possible to pay a higher amount.
Van Huffelen is pleased that she can give parents more clarity about the difficult compensation measures. “In fact, my ambition is to help everyone immediately,” says the lady. “On the other hand, I have to do it carefully.”
Parents who have reported before 1 July 2020 hope to have helped Van Huffelen in the first half of next year. Parents who have yet to report will be helped – depending on their situation – after 2021.