Up to six million Dutch people face extra tax demand of up to EUR 700
More than half the adult population in the Netherlands can expect an additional tax demand of between EUR 300 and EUR 700 because the tax office has not processed changes agreed in 2013.
Between five and six million people face an extra tax bill of up to EUR 700 next year, while others will not get as much tax back as they expected, junior finance minister Eric Wiebes told MPs.
The extra payment stems from the government’s 2013 budget plans when ministers decided to reduce a tax discount (heffingskortingen) for people in work.
That reduction was not incorporated into this year’s tax returns but will be included from next year, Wiebes said.
The system will be fully updated by 2016, Wiebes told MPs.
Opposition MPs are angry about the surcharge. ‘Wiebes has known about this since February but did nothing and said nothing,’ Christian Democrat MP Pieter Omtzigt said on micro blogging service Twitter.
'We knew it was a problem but not that it was such an enormous problem,' D66 MP Wouter Koolmees told Radio 1.