Only a small number of Dutch people with German war interests have reported it to the Dutch tax authorities. That write The outgoing Secretary of State Hans Vijl (Hans Vijl) sent a letter to CDA, MP Pieter Omtzigt.
The group concerned mainly fought against the Germans in the SS during World War II and was injured in the process.After years of persistence, made in Germany List announced at the beginning of this year The Dutch from 2015 to 2019 received the so-called Kriegsbeschädigtenrente.
When filing income taxes in the Netherlands, only 20% of people reported this benefit. Vijlbrief wrote: “This may be due to the fact that German benefits are considered tax-free benefits.”
The Secretary of State also announced the amount involved. The lowest payment is 129 Euros per year and the highest is 16,908 Euros. As the number of people is still declining, the total amount has been reduced from 204,092 Euros in 2015 to 135,585 Euros in 2019. In 2015, fewer than 60 Dutch people received this benefit, and by 2019, the number is about 30.
The Secretary of State wrote that those who did not submit a statement may receive additional tax assessments between 2016 and 2019. If the person concerned dies during this period, this additional tax may also be levied. 2015 will not be able to resume, because the period has expired at the end of 2020.
Vijlbrief does not know whether there are still war criminals in the group. According to historians, this may be the case, but “the General Administration of Taxation and Customs may not have such information because it has nothing to do with the legal tasks of tax authorities.”