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Tax office to use private debt collection agencies to up tax income

Monday 10 December 2012

The tax office is planning to use commercial debt collection agencies to recover unpaid taxes, junior finance minister Frans Weekers has told parliament in a memo.

In addition, the department’s own debt collectors will start visiting people in the weekend and evening to sequester property in connection with tax debts.

In total, 1,600 extra people are being brought in to check tax returns and ensure payment. The entire operation will cost €157m but will generate €663m a year in extra income for the treasury, Weekers says.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

This has to be stopped, because it opens the door for corruption practices.

By George | 10 December 2012 10:35 AM

Surely most of the businesses who are not paying their fair share will be closed on weekends and evenings? Oh I see, my bad, I was thinking we are all in this together. Should we not differentiate between those who are unable to pay and those who are unwilling to pay? Big difference.

By Dr Ponzi | 10 December 2012 12:03 PM

If the taxes were not so obscenely high, it would be easier for people to pay in the first place. Only €157m? - what a waste of other people's taxes! :P

By The visitor | 10 December 2012 1:29 PM

I imagine that they are referring to people who are given a plan to repay their tax debt but then refuse, for whatever reasons. It would be madness if they mean all tax debts will be sent to private debt collection.

By Quince | 10 December 2012 5:51 PM

Junior finance minister Frans Weekers is after a promotion? If he fails with this plan, another €157m written off & he keeps his job..or a €54,000 pay off? :P

I've never known such a sorry bunch of 11+ failed salesmen play God & make such a mess! :(

Knock knock.. who's there? 'The taxman..'Oh, sorry I can't pay at the moment, my wife just left me with the kids & I was made redundant last month', ..

'No problem, I already put your property on the market for €130,000, lol,last week .. have a pleasant evening, byeee' :P (= train suicide material?)

By The visitor | 10 December 2012 6:10 PM

Well before doing this how about stopping sending the copious amounts of irrelevant or factually incorrect post!. We get around 8 letters a tear form the tax office of which two are usually relevant! In the UK it used to be one letter a year! Oh and dont forget the number of tax offices around the country all small, inefficient and in rented accommodation !

By jd | 10 December 2012 6:52 PM

Strange.... when an individual or department fail at what they should be doing (in this case making sure tax payments are made) it's not usually the case that a company hires additional staff. Normally someone gets sacked or a reorganisation occurs to make sure what should happen actually happens. Only the government could get away with spending an extra €157m in this manner. Incredible!

By Maria | 11 December 2012 8:59 AM

Sadly the Visitor is right. It's the small man who's going to be left high and dry (if he can't afford the tax bill, he can't afford the lawyer's bill to fight the action either). It will be the big corporations with their legal departments who will go to court and probably win, ensuring that the extra tax burden will be the struggling ZZPer or working man.

By osita | 11 December 2012 6:30 PM

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