Only a small part of the Dutch with a German war benefit has given it up to the Dutch tax authorities. This writes demissionary Secretary of State Hans Vijlbrief of Finance in response to parliamentary questions from CDA MP Pieter Omtzigt.
The group involved fought on the German side during the Second World War, mainly in the SS, and was injured. After years of insistence, Germany announced at the beginning of this year a list of Dutch people who received the so-called Kriegsbeschädigtenrente from 2015 to 2019.
Only 20 percent of those people reported this benefit when they declared their income tax in the Netherlands. “Presumably this is caused by the fact that the benefit is considered an untaxed benefit in Germany,” writes Vijlbrief.
The Secretary of State also announced the amounts involved. The lowest benefit was 129 euros per year, the highest 16 908 euros. Because a smaller group is still alive, the total amount decreased from 204,092 euros in 2015 to 135,585 euros in 2019. In 2015, a small sixty Dutch people received the benefit, and in 2019 there were about thirty more.
The Secretary of State writes that those who have not made a report may receive an additional tax for the years 2016 to 2019, which may even be made if the person concerned has died. Afterwards recovery for 2015 is no longer possible because that deadline expired at the end of 2020.
Whether there are war criminals among the group, Vijlbrief does not know. According to historians, this may be the case, but “the Tax Administration should not have such information either, as this information is not relevant to the legal task of the Tax Administration.”