Tax office to get bank account access

The tax office will have the power to take unpaid taxes directly from people’s bank accounts from January 1 2009, reports Thursday’s AD newspaper.

The major offensive, which is supported by the banks, is designed to make claiming back tax quicker, easier and cheaper, a tax office spokesman told the paper.
Before the tax office can get direct access to accounts, the debtor will have had a final demand and an enforcement order. The tax office can then take up to €3,000 from an account, spread over three months. Any further debts will paid by property seizures.
If the move is a success, it will be extended to cover council and water authority taxes, the paper says.
In November the tax office managed to get back €92,000 in unpaid taxes after a stop and control operation outside an Ajax PSV football match.

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