Dutch Tax Investigation Targets Turkish Bakeries

February 22 2011

The Netherlands’ anti-fraud agency (FIOD) has completed a study of 500 bakeries with owners of non-western origin, and found instances of irregular bookkeeping, illegal employment, tax fraud, or hygiene issues in many of the Turkish bakeries investigated. The tax authority began the investigation last fall together with the justice ministry and welfare authorities. According to the Telegraaf’s coverage of the investigation, 85% of the bakeries investigated were Turkish, and of these 60% displayed cause for concern. Responding to the study, the Turkish business association pointed out the problematic nature of a study which targeted non-western businesses, stating that a study limited to Turkish bakeries “doesn’t make sense”.