Parents in the payment affair are ‘unprecedented wrong’, in which the ‘fundamental principles of the rule of law’ have been violated. With that destructive conclusion comes the interrogation committee. In addition, not only the Tax Administration, but also the Cabinet, the House of Representatives and the judiciary get a big sweep.
The title of the committee‘s report leaves nothing to be desired: unprecedented injustice. That is what was done to the tens of thousands of parents in the payment affair, according to the MPs. For years, they were crushed by a harsh fraud approach and ruthless recovery from the Tax Administration.
The rule of law was at stake in this affair, writes the committee. Even though committee chairman and CDA member Chris van Dam swore that no guilty would be identified, the committee does give out a few solid positions.
Of course, to the Tax Administration itself, where the fraud approach got so out of control and ‘gross infringement‘ was made on the rights that people have. But the committee also allows ‘cabinet and parliament‘ to attract the penitent, because they have made this’ nail-hard ‘legislation that gave too little room for citizens to defend themselves. As a result, the tax authorities were under pressure from a ‘overheated political need‘ to tackle people very hard.
fact that the
law, in particular the Council of State, gave the green light to the hard approach of the Tax Administration for many years to come, did not help either. The committee sees that judges have made a ‘substantial contribution‘ to the harsh implementation. All in all, according to the committee, there is a ‘sum of inability to do justice to the individual‘.
The committee’s report further confirms the image already emerged during the interrogations of top officials and prominent politicians. Among others Prime Minister Rutte, Minister Hoekstra (Finance) and Pvda leader Asscher had to come by for an interview.
The relevant ministries were pointed at each other, so no one took responsibility to solve the problems for parents. And for years, the political summit in Finance and Social Affairs was not well aware of the extent to which the problem really was.
biggest sweep of the pan also keeps the committee for the Ministry of Finance; and specifically for how that ministry dealt with the requests to provide information. Finance provided most of the information much later than agreed, and just before, during and even after the interrogations, new information emerged.
“ The committee is disgruntled about this,” says in the report. The MPs speak of a ‘persistent problem’ and are not even sure whether they have already received all the information requested. If this is not the case, then the committee or the House of Representatives can ‘consider further steps’, the report says imminent.
The Chamber will debate the report with Rutte and Hoekstra in January.