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Jouke has been programming Perl since 1997 and started using Perl to write programs to make life and communication easier for disabled people early 2001. Take a look at his website [] for more information.

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Wednesday August 20, 2003
04:12 AM

A charity

[ #14218 ]
Not only a grant from TPF, but also a considerable amount of money from an anonymous donator! It looks like pVoice is getting more support. And that's great news for potential pVoice users!

However, the bad news is that the Dutch taxoffice doesn't like donations to private persons. That is, actually they do like it. They like it so much that they want 41% of all donations. But that's not why the donators give their money, if you're asking me. They want me to use the money for pVoice, not to fund the Dutch government!

There only seems to be one way to avoid taxes on donations. Being a charity. Which means I have to start a foundation, that the taxoffice would recognize as a charity. It will happen too! It does take some effort, but currently I'm working hard to get the 'pVoice Foundation' or as the official name will be 'Stichting pVoice' started.
I contacted potential members of the board, consulted a notary (who is willing to give me a 15% discount on his normal fee), because you need a notary in the Netherlands to start a Foundation, and plans are being made on the way the pVoice Foundation will going to operate.

So in the future donations are tax deductible for the donators and (as long as the donations are less than 4100) not taxed on the receiving end... I should go back to coding I think....
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  • I am not sure how would it help you to receive the money in your own pocket if you setup such organization. I guess the Dutch tax authority will ask for its part even then.

    Maybe this is the sign that the European version of TPF should be opened and then you don't need this other organization.

    Then this might give you the money somehow on better terms.

    • Unfortunately that doesn't make a difference. Whenever I receive the money as a private person, the taxoffice comes to take their percentages. If there is a foundation especially for pVoice, then the foundation could spend the money on what is needed without paying me anything. That makes the difference.