Former State Secretary Linschoten not jailed for tax fraud

Former State Secretary of Social Affairs Robin Linschoten does not have to go to jail for tampering with tax returns. The Court of Appeal in Amsterdam did impose a community service sentence of 120 hours on him on appeal.

From 2010 to 2012, Linschoten filed incorrect tax returns from his two private limited companies. As a result, he placed the Tax and Customs Administration at a disadvantage of over 100,000 euros.

The prosecutor had demanded five months imprisonment against Linschoten, of which three were on probation. That demand was the same as the sentence the court gave in 2017. The court did not go along with this, because it was insufficiently proven that Linschoten wanted to keep the money. Moreover, no black money was ever found on him during the eight-year investigation.

In the 80s and 90s, Linschoten sat in the Lower House on behalf of the VVD. From 1994 to 1996 he was State Secretary for Social Affairs. Linschoten has always denied deliberately cheating on his tax returns. He did admit to being “incredibly sloppy and lax”.