Services and institutions
The following services and institutions fall under the responsibility of the Ministry of Finance.
Dutch Tax Administration
The most well-known task of the Tax Administration is the levying and collecting of taxes and social insurance premiums. Annually, the Tax Administration processes the individual tax returns of 6 million private persons and 1.1 million entrepreneurs. The Tax Administration not only collects taxes, but also pays out tax refunds. The Tax Administration is responsible, for instance, for paying out provisional refunds. Other important tasks are:
• detecting tax fraud;
• overseeing the import, export and transit of goods;
• overseeing compliance with the tax laws and regulations.
Every day, millions of tons of goods enter and leave the Netherlands: by land, sea and air. The Dutch Customs Administration performs checks and inspections on this movement of goods. The Customs Administration is responsible for levying duties on imports and for implementing a large number of embargos, restrictions and inspection measures.
The Tax Administration/Benefits is responsible for implementing income-linked schemes (benefits). Personal households can receive benefits to cover the costs of child care, rent or healthcare. More than 6 million households currently receive a benefit. The Tax Administration/Benefits implements the following income-linked benefit schemes:
• childcare benefit;
• child-linked budget;
• rent benefit;
• care benefit.
Dutch State Treasury Agency
The Dutch State Treasury Agency (DSTA) of the Ministry of Finance is responsible for the funding and management of the Dutch national debt, for the policy governing and the implementation of treasury banking and for the national government’s money transfers. The DSTA combines the internal and external treasury function of the national government. For more information, please visit www.dsta.nl/english
Domeinen roerende zaken (state-owned moveable property)
Domeinen Roerende Zaken (DRZ) represents the national government as the owner of moveable property. DRZ destroys, preserves or sells goods that are confiscated by the police or other official detection agencies. DRZ also works closely with government-wide category management in respect of the disposal of surplus government-owned goods.
Rijksacademie voor Financiën en Economie (National Academy for Finance and Economics)
The National Academy for Finance and Economics is a training institute that works towards improving the financial operations of the national government. The National Academy provides knowledge and skills in the areas of auditing, financial management and economics. It does this, for instance, by organising training programmes and by holding congresses.
Auditdienst Rijk (Central Government Audit Service)
The Central Government Audit Service conducts the accountants audit within the government, provides audits on request and promotes cooperation between the different departments in the area of governmental auditing.
Wiser in Money Matters Platform
Platform Wijzer in geldzaken (Wiser in Money Matters Platform) is an initiative of the Ministry of Finance in which partners from various sectors join forces: the financial sector, the government, educational, public information and consumer organisations, and the sciences. In the Wiser in Money Matters Platform, more than 40 organisations combine their powers to make the consumer 'wiser in money matters'. They devote themselves to increasing the financial knowledge of Dutch citizens so that consumers are better able to make sound financial decisions. H.R.H. Princess Máxima has held the office of honorary chair of the platform since September 2010.