An independent investigation is being conducted into the disappearance of supporting documents from victims in the allowance affair. Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra informed the House on Friday.
Parents for whom the childcare allowance was unjustly discontinued, got the idea that evidence that they themselves have provided to the Tax Authorities has been lost by the tax authorities.
Hoekstra acknowledges that those signals - sometimes through the media - have surfaced in recent weeks. "Although I have no indication that documents or appeals have been deliberately lost or destroyed, I believe that the continuing signals from citizens and the media should be investigated."
The minister wants an independent body to investigate this. This investigation is separate from other investigations that are already ongoing around the affair, says Hoekstra's spokesperson. Earlier this week, the minister announced that he had an outsider investigate official crimes within the tax authorities in the allowance affair.
In the meantime, the tax authorities have acknowledged that the parents were wrongly classified as fraudsters. They are financially compensated for this. Last weekend Hoekstra came up with measures to divide the Tax Authorities into three parts: the Tax Authorities, Surcharges and Customs. Each component receives its own official management.