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"Fiscus stopped child allowance from another 120 parents without proof of fraud"

2019-10-26T08:30:36.655Z

Childcare allowances from another 120 parents were stopped by the tax authorities in 2015 without thorough investigation, Trouw writes on Saturday based on a source.



Childcare allowances from another 120 parents were stopped by the tax authorities in 2015 without thorough investigation, Trouw writes on Saturday based on a source.

A further 170 similar cases from the Tax and Customs Administration are currently being examined, after the newspaper together with RTL News in May revealed that the childcare allowance of more than three hundred parents had been stopped in 2014 based on outdated information.

The new group of victims was a customer of childminder agency Florien in Rotterdam. It was suspected that the owner was fraudulent, but she was never informed of the allegations and was not allowed to inspect the investigation file, Trouw writes.

According to the newspaper, there is no evidence of fraud in the file. The tax authorities would have come to the same conclusion in 2016, one year after the allowances were stopped. In a response to the newspaper, a spokesperson says that if mistakes are made, "there is an intention to accommodate those people."

The more than three hundred parents who were clients of a childcare agency in Eindhoven and for whom it was previously determined that their allowances had been incorrectly discontinued, will soon hear how they are compensated. A committee set up by State Secretary Menno Snel (Finance), headed by former minister Piet Hein Donner, will give a definite answer within a few weeks.

Possible mistakes made with even more things

Many more parents may still be entitled to compensation. 170 similar cases from the Tax Authorities are reviewed by the Central Audit Service (ADR). Snel could not rule out in July that errors were also made in those cases, but reported that no signals had been received about it.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Finance states to NU.nl that the Ministry finds it important to find out what happened in this case. The Ministry expects to have completed the investigation by the end of the year.

According to the source of Trouw, it is being investigated how the Combi Approach Facilitators team (CAF) of the Tax Authorities handling these cases could "derail". A structural method would have been developed to suspend allowances without proof of fraud, the source said.

Afflicted parents had financial problems for years due to the unlawful cessations.

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