victims of the payment affair are no longer obliged to pay debts they have to public authorities. That has been announced by demissionary Secretary of State Van Huffelen of Finance.
It will prevent parents, all of whom receive at least EUR 30 000 from the Cabinet, having to return a large part of that amount to creditors. “I am very pleased that we can offer parents a clean slate”, said Van Huffelen.
Last Friday, the Cabinet fell over the payment affair. Then Prime Minister Rutte said that the Cabinet will do everything in its demissionary state to help the duped parents. The House of Representatives also wants the parents to receive full compensation as soon as possible.
The Secretary of State explains what has been agreed:
The Tax Administration and the Supplements Service also waive the claims. Last week, the IRS said she didn‘t want to do that. This led to a great deal of indignation, because the parents are the victims of the tax authorities’s fraud hunt that has been out of control.
Because they were wrongly accused of fraud, thousands of parents have been in financial trouble. They usually had to reimburse all the childcare allowance they had received, often with fines. As a result, debts arose with other organisations.
Public institutions such as the CAK, the UWV, the Sociale Verzekeringsbank and the municipalities also participate in the scheme. Van Huffelen calls on private creditors, such as banks, energy companies and housing corporations, to do the same. She‘s still talking to them about that.
Exactly how much money is involved is unknown. It is estimated that the parents have many tens of millions of euros in debt to the government. According to the ministry, they’re all being forgiven, no matter what it costs the treasury.
What is the payment affair about? A brief explanation of CCEit on 3: