Dutch tax service to shed 5,000 jobs

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The head of the Dutch tax office says that up to 5,000 jobs could be lost because of the swingeing cuts being demanded by the new government, says today’s newspaper.

Ministers believe just as good a tax service could be provided for less money and with fewer personnel. To make this possible, legislation will have to be changed and the rules surrounding tax and government levies will have to be simplified.

The government has told the tax office to save 400 million euros over the next four years, but Deputy Finance Minister Frans Weekers is refusing to confirm the figure of 5,000 redundancies.

He wants the tax office to produce a plan to implement the savings without jeopardising the service provided or the tax system itself. He hopes the changes will lead to much simpler pay slips and salary specifications.


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