MPs demand probe into royal finances

The revelation that two private foundations acting on behalf of members of the Dutch royal family are using fiscal constructions to avoid paying tax must be investigated, say MPs.

The call from coalition partner Labour and the opposition Socialist and right-wing Liberal (VVD) parties follows a report by the Volkskrant on Saturday that a second foundation is also operating from queen Beatrix’s work address at Noordeinde Palace.
Last week it emerged that the palace also looks after a foundation for the queen’s sister, princess Christina, which uses the island of Guernsey as a tax haven.
MPs said they are ‘stunned’ by the news, reports the paper. Although not illegal, the fiscal constructions set a bad example, they say.
A parliamentary majority wants the committee set up by the prime minister last year to investigate royal finances to look into the latest revelations.

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