Amsterdammers net millions from tax blooper
Thousands of people in Amsterdam found extra money on their bank accounts this week, but the Tax Department has warned that this was not a Christmas gift but a mistake caused by a technical mishap.
Amounts arranging between €155 and €23,000 appeared on the accounts of some 9,000 people in the city on Thursday, when the Department miscalculated the living allowances that are paid to people with low income and high rent. People who were supposed to receive €155 got €15,500 on their accounts. It was not immediately clear how it happened.
The Department said the ‘duped’ renters would be requested to return the differences between what they received and were supposed to. A special team has been assigned with the task of recollecting. “We want this to be done properly,” a spokesperson said, suggesting that people not get tempted to go Christmas shopping. “You know something’s wrong when you receive an amount like that. We expect people to return the funds or at least sound the alarm bells.”