High-profile tax dodgers face fast-track trial

5th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

5 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) is to turn up the heat on tax-dodging professionals who have an "exemplary function" in society under new guidelines which came into force on 1 January 2006.

5 January 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) is to turn up the heat on tax-dodging professionals who have an "exemplary function" in society under new guidelines which came into force on 1 January 2006.

The OM confirmed on Thursday that the move was aimed at professionals such as lawyers, accountants, notaries and bankers. From now on they will face criminal prosecution more quickly for tax evasion involving sums of EUR 25,000 or more.

Until now the OM and tax authorities used a points system to determine who should face criminal charges for withholding tax. As a result it was very difficult to mount prosecutions. Now the "societal exemplary function" will be one of the determining factors.

A spokesperson for the OM said it was unlikely this would lead to an increase in the number of prosecutions. "We think the new guidelines will have a preventive effect. It is also intended to show society that we do not ignore these cases," he said.

Yet the limit whereby suspected cases of tax fraud must automatically be brought to court has been raised from EUR 45,000 to EUR 125,000. The authorities will use various criteria, including exemplary function, to determine whether cases involving sums between EUR 25,000 and EUR 125,000 will be prosecuted.

The Tax Office can impose fines and additional charges in all cases of illegally withheld taxes.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news 

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