Dutch government buys list of tax evaders

The Dutch government has obtained a list of tax evaders with secret bank accounts in Europe and the Caribbean.

An informant offered the information to the Ministry of Finance in March of this year. He will receive a payment of up to several hundred thousand euros, depending on the accuracy of the information.

The Dutch government has not revealed the identity of the informant who signed a deal with the government in September, after spot checks had tested the reliability of the provided data.

The list contains the names, addresses, account numbers and phone numbers of hundreds of tax evaders, who maintained accounts in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands and to a lesser extent Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.

Dutch Deputy Minister of Finance Jan Kees de Jager said: “This is a group of tax payers which knowingly has been evading taxes for years with large sums of money,”

The deal mirrors a similar case in 2008, in which the German government purchased confidential bank data from an informant in Liechtenstein. The information obtained later led to the conviction of former Deutsche Post CEO Klaus Zumwinkel, for using a Liechtenstein trust to evade one million euros in taxes.

The Dutch government continues to operate a tax amnesty for offshore bank account holders. According to Mr. de Jaeger more than 3,000 people have disclosed over 680 million euros in assets since the beginning of the year to avoid criminal prosecution.