In 2016, officials from the tax and customs administration suggested that people who had to repay 3,000 euros or more in childcare allowance without further investigation should wear the “Opzet / Gross Schuld” (OSG) label. You may have lost your right to a payment arrangement or community debt counseling. The plan was to help the tax authorities clear a large backlog on payment agreement requests.
This appears from a Friday memo that showed up this week. State Secretary Alexandra van Huffelen (Toeslagen) sent the memo to the House of Commons on Friday.
It used to be clear that of the many thousands of people accused of OSG, 96 percent received this stamp incorrectly. Van Huffelen conducted an investigation that brought to light the 2016 memo.
Whether the proposal has actually been implemented is currently being investigated further. “But one of the lessons of the past is that these types of signals have to be taken very seriously,” says Van Huffelen. “And these signals also match the stories I hear about them in my conversations with parents who have been betrayed.”
The State Secretary promises to “get to the bottom of this matter in view of the seriousness”. She would also like to investigate how it is possible that parents who, in their own words, never received the OSG stamp were nevertheless confronted with allegations of fraud in debt relief.
Van Huffelen also reports that the house was previously falsely told that until 2017, people with an allowance of up to EUR 1,500 could always get a payment arrangement. “A small sample shows that this method has not always been used in practice.”