Tax swindel nets ‘book-keeper’ millions

A 55-year-old man from Amsterdam has been arrested in connection with a multi-million euro fraud involving provisional tax rebates, the AD reports on Monday.

The man filled in provisional tax rebate forms for some 6,000 private individuals. By inflating the amount of income tax they were said to have paid, his clients were able to claim large tax rebates – some as high as €18,000, the paper said.
Others asked for mortgage tax relief when they did not own their own homes. The book-keeper was paid cash by his clients.
The NRC quotes a tax official as saying it is an extremely stupid form of fraud because once his clients filed their definitive tax forms, the fraud would have been obvious any way.
The AD says everyone who used his services will have to pay back the tax rebates and faces a fine of up to the same amount.

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