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Golf courses 'are not country estates'

Wednesday 23 January 2013

One in four golf courses in the Netherlands is wrongly benefiting from tax breaks on country estates and nature, one MP has claimed.

D66 parliamentarian Stientje van Veldhoven says the regulations need to be overhauled to ensure only real nature qualifies for help in maintaining the Dutch countryside.

The rules governing country estates date back to 1928 and are supposed to help maintain estates and their classic gardens. According to the official paperwork, 5,000 country estates fall under the legislation, but the Netherlands only has 1,200 castles and country houses, the MP says.

Not only golf courses, but hotels, restaurants and congress centres are claiming tax breaks on their land, she says. 'This is unfair competition... and would appear to be an abuse of the rules,' Van Veldhoven said.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Finally a good idea!

By a | 23 January 2013 11:50 AM

Wrongly benefitting, Unfair competition, abuse of the rules...just call it for what it really is.

By Dr Ponzi | 23 January 2013 4:12 PM

Golf courses are brilliant for maintaining the countryside and are much better looked after in general. A haven for wildlife. Of course, the real reason for this 'clampdown' is so they can build more tiny, overpriced houses on green land which is currently protected. Its always about the money in NL.

By Simon Keys | 23 January 2013 5:43 PM

Well said Dr. Ponzi.

By jaycee | 23 January 2013 8:35 PM

@Simon Keys, Apart from the fact that golf courses are not a haven for wildlife, can you please explain what you mean with that "real reason". Protected land is just that: protected. No houses can be build there. This tax break is for country estates, not for some developers who want to make some quick money.

By pepe | 23 January 2013 11:50 PM

@pepe ...totally agree with your comments to Simon. The tax break is not for golf courses, hotels etc. Hope they not only stop it but demand a refund.....you know they would from the 'little people'.

By Annette | 24 January 2013 4:53 PM

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