‘Collection of tax may be in danger due to outdated ICT

‘Collection of tax may be in danger due to outdated ICT

The collection of tax would be jeopardized because the ICT systems at the Tax office are out of date.

That would put the tax authorities in an internal review have concluded, reports the Volkskrant on Friday. the newspaper got the internet document in the hands after an appeal to the freedom of information Act (Wob).

“The continuity of the inningsproces is not guaranteed”, the newspaper in the evaluation to read. Because belastingmedewerkers retire or resign, there would be increasingly fewer people who know how legacy ICT systems work.

The researchers suggest that a large part of the ICT systems no longer meets the current standards. Officials have, however, forced to work, because there is still no alternative.

Big consequences

At first sight a small ICT-issue, can have a major impact. This is because processes sometimes millions of taxpayers at the same time. The ICT problems may lead to that of letters wrongly sent, or false attacks are distributed.

The evaluation shows that the Tax authorities but fewer than six hundred different ICT-systems are used. Also there is in that is expected to be in 2020 all systems to include will work.

A spokesman for the Tax office told the newspaper that the tax office is busy with the renewal and streamlining of the systems. This should lead to 750 million euros more in tax revenues.

Not to justify

But the Agency ICT-Testing (BIT) of the ministry of Home Affairs concluded in June that the Tax office there is not likely to succeed with ICT problems to solve. The planned investment for a new computer system would “not be justified”.

According to the BIT, it is unclear whether the new computer system the inningsproces will improve. Also there would be too few and far between software developers and tax collectors, are communicated, so that the last group is not to learn how certain programs are put together.

Previously, the General Court and two senior officials also fear expressed that the collection is disturbed by organisational problems.

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