The Tax and Customs Administration has received 4,500 reports of tax avoidance schemes.

The service confirms this after previous reports about this from the



This concerns cross-border structures that have been set up in the past three years and of which intermediaries, such as accountants and civil-law notaries, are obliged to report them to the tax authorities.

The obligation to report must provide insight into which constructions companies and private individuals use to pay less tax.

The Tax and Customs Administration wants to tackle tax avoidance in this way.

Tax avoidance is different from tax evasion.

With the latter, rules are actually broken, with evasion this is not the case.

The intermediaries involved in setting up avoidance schemes are obliged to report this to the tax authorities.

If they don't, they risk a fine.

When reporting, the intermediaries must also state for whom they are setting up the constructions.

The reports are exchanged between EU member states, in order to learn more about how attempts are made to avoid tax. With 4,500 reports, the Netherlands is the country with the second largest number. Only in Germany more came in.