Tax office to get direct bank access

The tax office is to begin experiments with taking unpaid taxes directly from people’s bank accounts next year, reports Thursday’s AD newspaper.

Non-payers will receive a final demand and an enforcement order. If they still don’t pay up, the tax office will be able to take €1,000 a month directly from their bank account for a period of three months.
The measure has been made possible by changes in the law which were approved by both houses of parliament last year. But it still has to be approved by junior tax minister Jan Kees de Jager, the paper says.
The tax office is still in talks with the banks about the trials. ‘As far as pressure of work and technical details, there is nothing to stop this being implemented quickly,’ Brigitte Seegers, spokeswoman for the Dutch banks association NVB told the paper.
At the moment, unpaid taxes have to be realised by the seizure of property, which is a lengthy and expensive process.
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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