Amsterdam Canals

On January 15, the Dutch government resigned amid a scandal in which the tax authorities unjustly accused more than 26,000 families of mainly low socio-economic background of committing fraud. An overtly strict interpretation of government policy led to any minor inconsistency between data, or any failure to sign one of the pages of the form, to be classified as fraudulent. The government, which has pursued a policy of zero tolerance for tax fraud, required those families to return to the state huge sums pertaining not only to the period in which the alleged fraud was committed, but up to 5…

Doaa Abu Elyounes

Affiliated researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a Postdoctoral Researcher at Sciences Po Law School in Paris

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