The Human Environment and Transport inspectorate, police, Public Prosecutor, and Tax Authorities are investigating large-scale taxi fraud in the Amsterdam area. Hundreds of illegal taxis are driving around Amsterdam and Schiphol airport, the Inspectorate said to newspaper AD.
The Dutch police arrested 60 people last week in a national action against roaming criminal gangs. Detainees include suspected shoplifters, drug traffickers and dealers, burglars and identity thieves, the police announced in a statement.
The police arrested four people and seized 1 million euros in cash in an investigation into providers of smartphones that encrypt communication data. Investigators believe the suspects sold these encrypted phones to criminals, RTL Nieuws reports.
The encryption makes it harder for the authorities to listen in on conversations or read text messages from a distance. This trait makes encrypted phones extremely popular among criminals who want to hide their communication from the police.
GroenLinks wants all government agencies, such as the Tax Authorities, to stop advertising on website GeenStijl now that the blog is accused of sexism. GroenLinks parliamentarian Corinne Ellemeet calls for "rapid change" and wants to know how Finance State Secretary Eric Wiebes will "ensure that the Tax Authorities no longer financially supports sexism in the media", AD reports.
The tax authorities investigative department FIOD arrested two persons in charge of a well known sushi chain in Rotterdam on Tuesday on suspicion of large-scale fraud, AD reports.
A criminal investigation was launched into the duo after a tax audit at one of the sushi restaurants revealed that data was deleted from the point-of-sale system. The tax authorities believe that this was done to skim revenue.
Skimming revenue in order to evade taxes is considered fraud. According to FIOD it distorts competition and harms tax payers.
An increasing number of Dutch kids are attending daycare, according to a report by the Tax Authorities and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. This has to do with the economic recovery and higher childcare allowance, but the fact that more and more mothers go back to work also play a role, RTL Nieuws reports.
A number of tax advisors are suspects in a fraud case involving 2.7 million euros, the Tax authorities' investigative department FIOD announced on Tuesday. Five suspects were arrested. Their identities were not disclosed, ANP reports.
Over the past two weeks the FIOD raided seven offices and homes in Stein, Holten, Hoorn, Purmerend, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht and Wezep. Computers and files were seized as well as bank accounts, cars, houses and cash. A massive 180 thousand euros in cash was found in one advisor's home. The origin of the money is under investigation.
From today Dutch can start filing their online tax returns. In preparation, the Tax Authorities expanded its capacity so that 70 thousand people can file a return at the same time. Last year only 40 thousand people could file at the same time, soon leading to problems, ANP reports.
"We also took steps this year to make the filing process better than last year", Eline Spros-Vierkant, director of the tax department responsible for the tax returns campaign, said to the news wire. New this year is a tax return checklist, which helps filers avoid common mistakes.
Between 1996 and 2003 Dutch construction company Ballast Nedam paid bribes to the Saudi kings Fahd and Abdullah, broadcaster Human reported on Monday based on documents from the Tax Authorities' investigative department FIOD. All in all Ballast Nedam paid 500 million dollars to members of the Saudi royal family, according to the broadcaster.
The company and the Public Prosecutor reached a 17.5 million euros settlement on this bribery case in 2012.
The Dutch Tax Authorities must stop collecting images and data from cameras along highways, the Supreme Court ruled. According to the court, collecting that data and the way it is used violates privacy laws, AD reports.
The Tax Authorities use the data collected for checks under the aggregation scheme and to impose additional taxes.
The criminal underworld is increasingly mixing with daily life in the northern provinces of the Netherlands, Mayor Peter den Oudsten of Groningen, deputy chief prosecutor for northern Netherlands Gert Veurink and northern Tax office director Cor Zoontjies warn in Dagblad van het Noorden on Wednesday.
Government sites DigiD and MijnOverheid.nl are currently unavailable due to a technical fault. The sites went offline just before noon, NU.nl reports.
If you try logging into DigiD you are met with a message saying that DigiD is currently unavailable due to a fault. The same message can be seen on DigiD's Twitter feed. Logging into MijnOverheid.nl is also impossible, and there are problems with logging into the sites of the Tax Authorities, DUO and benefits agency UWV.
Complaint site Allestoringen.nl received hundreds of complaints, according to NOS.
At least 2 thousand Dutch people tried to report their boss, family member, friend or neighbor to the Tax Authorities last year, according to figures BNR got from the Tax Office. The Department Individuals received over 2 thousand tips from people about someone they know's income tax, for example, the broadcaster reports.
This specifically does not involve tax evasion by companies.
About 20 billion euros is still outstanding from the Tax Authorities, according to data newspaper AD obtained by appealing to the Freedom of Information Act. Some 4.6 billion euros of that owed money dates from 2011 or earlier. The Tax Authorities is uncertain about whether they will ever be able to collect some 6 billion euros of that money, AD reports.
ABN Amro has to pay 142 million euros in additional tax in agreement the bank reached with the tax authorities, Financieele Dagblad reports based on internal documents. According to the newspaper, the extra tax has to do with tax liability of two companies ABN Amro owns.
The two companies - Simba Finance and Pumbaa Finance - invested in governmentbonds and have 2.1 billion euros and 2.2 billion euros in assets respectively. In the prospectus the bnk wrote that the results of the companies do not have to be added to their own results.
The National Student Union LSVb launched a hotline for young people having problems with their student housing allowance. An adjustment to the Basic Registrer for Addresses and Buildings Act means that student rooms are no longer registered under individual house numbers. This may have consequences for housing allowances, according to ANP.
Tenants association Woonbond is suing the Dutch state to refund hundreds of thousands of renters for "unjustified rent increases". According to the association, the tax authorities illegally shared tenants' information with landlords for years, which resulted in higher rent increases, RTL Nieuws reports. From 2013 all tenants with a gross annual income of 33,600 euros or higher received an income related rent increase. That involves hundreds of thousands of tenants. The tax Authorities sent income details about these tenants to housing associations and private landlords for this reason.
State Secretary Eric Wiebes of Finance placed the Tax Authorities under guardianship with regards to their finances. With this step he wants to change the culture of "autonomy" in the office, he wrote to the lower house of Dutch parliament.
A 44-year-old man from Almere was arrested by the Tax Authorities' investigative department FIOD after an amount of 2 million euros was discovered in an ambulance he wanted to ship to Suriname, Metro reports. He is suspected of money laundering.
Due to an administrative error by a Tax Service employee, two women paid 15 million euros two little on their inheritance tax
Limburg man Toon van H. was arrested in his home in Echt on Tuesday on suspicion of ordering the assassination of two justice officials. Van H.'s lawyer Ludo Hameleers confirmed the arrest, AD reports.
The Swiss Tax Authorities may give the Netherlands information about a group of Dutch clients at Swiss bank UBS, the highest court in Lausanne ruled on Monday. The Dutch Tax Authorities are looking for information on Dutch with hidden assets at the Swiss bank
In edition to the alFitrah mosque in Utrecht, the police and Tax Authorities also raided the As-Sunnah mosque in Tilburg-Noord as well as 10 other buildings across the Netherlands on Thursday morning. The authorities believe that the foundation behind the mosques, educational institutions and charity organizations in these buildings are involved in large scale money laundering