The police raided 27 grow shops across the Netherlands on Tuesday in a national action day to tackle businesses that facilitate cannabis cultivation. A total of 11 people were arrested.
The Dutch government has issued extra time to file tax return reports for those people wanting to get a guaranteed confirmation from the tax authorities before July 1st, a spokesperson for the Finance Minister confirmed to RTL Nieuws. Over 4 million people have filed tax returns since March 1st and now the Finance Minister Eric Wiebes has stretched the original deadline of tax declarations from April 1st to April 15th.
Several websites were unreachable throughout Tuesday due to a fault at the hosting provider Prolocation. Unreachable websites include both the government's Dutch and English sites, Rijksoverheijd.nl and Government.nl, Dutch blog site GeenStijl.nl and telecommunication firm Telfort's site.
State secretary for Finance, Eric Wiebes, says it may be years before the Tax Administration is entirely functional again, and is not ruling out new incidents with tax returns, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education states that student loan abuse needs to be tackled more efficiently. In a letter to Parliament, she pointed out that stricter controls will be imposed on abuse of grants for students living away from home.
VVD-leader Halbe Zijlstra is saying that the current tax system needs to be overhauled in favor of simplicity. The party told the cabinet that all allowances must be abolished and transformed into lower taxes. The Tax Administration must focus on the core task: collecting money.
State secretary for Justice, Fred Teeven (VVD) has gotten away with the deal he made in his earlier function as public prosecutor with drug baron Cees H.
Dutch companies have been allowed to defer payments of almost €1 billion in taxes when they have found themselves in payment problems.
State secretary for Justice, Fred Teeven, closed a deal in 2000 in which more than five million guilders (almost €2.3 million) of drug baron Cees H. was whitewashed. Now, MPs are demanding the matter be clarified.