Cruijff tackles minister over gift tax

11th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — Tax minister Joop Wijn has brushed off football legend Johan Cruijff's criticism of the gift tax regulations in the Netherlands.

11 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — Tax minister Joop Wijn has brushed off football legend Johan Cruijff's criticism of the gift tax regulations in the Netherlands.

Cruijff has angrily criticised the 8 percent tax his charitable foundation has to pay when it donates practice fields to local communities in the Netherlands.

Wijn said that he has to wait on parliament, De Tweede Kamer, to "do something" about the taxing of charitable gifts. Newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported that a majority of MPs is in favour of scrapping the tax.

But it remains to be seen who will take the first move to abolish the tax that everyone seems to agree is unnecessary.

Cruijff said it was unbelievable that his foundation has to pay tax for the "Cruyff Courts", practice fields developed with financial support from the Dutch Football Association KNVB.

MP Eske van Egerschot suggested a trade off: a cut in government subsidies for good causes in return for a zero percent tax on gifts presented by charitable foundations.

"The good causes will be freed from all manner of annoying regulations, such as tax. And it would be more transparent for the public: everything you donate goes to the good cause and the government gets nothing," she said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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