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Dutch Family Taxed for Barking Doorbell
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Bruintjes family says a city inspector was barking up the wrong tree when he handed them an euro80 (US$97) bill for the Dutch dog tax. </DIV>
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<TD align=middle></TD></TR></T></TABLE>The family insists it does not have a dog — only a barking doorbell.</DIV>


It was the second year in a row the family had a run-in with authorities over their doorbell, which plays 15 different barking noises, Dutch media reported Thursday.


"Last year it was a huge effort to convince the inspector that we didn't have a dog, and now it's happened again," Gerrit Bruintjes was quoted as saying by RTL Nieuws.


In the Netherlands, dog owners are required to pay the "hondenbelasting," an infamous annual tax that is frequently evaded.


After pressing the doorbell and hearing the barks, the inspector in the city of Oldenzaal simply pushed a bill through the family's mail slot.


"My wife came home shortly afterward and was able to grab the inspector at the end of our street. After a lot of yipping and yapping, she was finally able to convince him," Bruintjes said.


He said he had chosen the doorbell in honor of the family's German shepherd, which died several years ago.</DIV></DIV>
 

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Actually it was on Yahoo's New Page for today!!!!
 

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That is a riot. I lived in The Netherlands for three years and YEP we had to pay the "hondenbelasting" every year.........what a pain in the butt.
 

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Thats unbelievable that they tax you for having a dog !! The barking door bell is to funny ....
 
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