Dutch Parliament wants to get rid of a special tax structure for the king. Yesterday, Monday October 10, RTL News reported on secret agreements that would be made more than forty years ago regarding financial compensation for the head of state. Since 1973 the Oranjes had to pay tax on the return on their private assets, but according to RTL at the time agreed in secret that the royal family would be compensated.
A majority in Parliament wants to know how it was done exactly at that time. If then was indeed agreed that then Queen Juliana and her successors Queen Beatrix and King Willem- Alexander would be compensated this should stop.
PVDA (= Labour) leader Samson stated that a tax benefit for the king is out of our time. He thinks that Prime Minister Rutte should disclose business. "If you have to pay taxes and then get completely reimbursed through another way, you pay virtually no tax, so it seems to me this has to be changed."
SP (= Socialists) leader Roemer sees the developments with "increasing amazement". According to him to Oranjes simply have to be taxes. And is not explainable if they would recover it through a back door.
D66 leader Pechtold adds that "it does not appear as transparent to the so-called transparency about the monarchy." He also finds it strange that someone pays taxes, but in practice they actually do not.
According VVD faction leader Zijlstra it is right that questions are asked. "They will have to answer to the government and if we have the facts on the table, we draw conclusions." He wants to not walk ahead. "But we are not for evading taxes."
Also, CDA leader Buma only comes with a judgment if he knows the facts. "It is now up to the Prime Minister" SGP leader Van der Staaij shares this view. He emphasizes that also the Royal Family should go according to the law.
Within two weeks the 2de Kamer will deal with the budget of the Royal Family. Then this issue will be extensively discussed.
Then there is also talk about the benefits of Princess Amalia after her eighteenth birthday. Many MPs are questioning the size of the amount, about one and a half million euro per year. Samson said about it that it is logical that they will be reimbursed to prepare her for her future role. "But you and I had much less during our student time. That benefit can be much lower."
VVD leader Zijlstra added that in his studying didn't cost half a million. "But I do not know what additional costs they have."