Tax authority gave wrong advice

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4 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – People who want to file their taxes electronically but don't have their digital signature on hand were advised by the tax authority to use someone else's DigiD recently.

4 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – People who want to file their taxes electronically but don't have their digital signature on hand were advised by the tax authority to use someone else's DigiD recently.

That shouldn't have been the case, said a spokesperson for the ministry of home affairs on Wednesday.

NRC.next had reported this morning on this recommendation from the tax authority. The DigiD (digital identity), which consists of a user name and password, replaces the electronic signature which taxpayers have been able to use to file taxes via the computer in the past.

It takes five working days to be sent a new DigiD if one has misplaced the codes or not yet applied for one. The spokesperson for home affairs stressed on Wednesday that the codes are strictly personal and should be kept secret.

Advisers at the DigiD helplines may have been telling people to use another person's code. Taxpayers could however ask someone else to perform the sending process using their code, said the spokesperson for home affairs. The DigiD code is only needed to actually send one's file to the tax authority once the whole electronic form has been filled in.

This recommendation only applies to this year, since it is the first time that the electronic filing form must be signed with a DigiD code.

Because of the recent strikes at the tax authority taxpayers have an extra couple days – until 6 April – to file their taxes.

Christian democrat CDA MP Jules Kortenhorst wants to know from state secretary for finance Jan Kees de Jager if it is indeed possible to file a tax return or make changes to a form using someone else's DigiD. He also wants to know how De Jager plans to close this "security leak" quickly.

The Liberal VVD has also written to the relevant government members for clarification. "It is unacceptable that it is possible to file taxes with your neighbour's strictly confidential DigiD code. This seems like a call for people to commit fraud," said Ineke Dezentjé Hamming-Bluemink of the opposition party.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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