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The coalition government in the
Netherlands has proposed to reduce from eight years to five years the 30% tax
break available to many expatriates working in that country.
The tax break is commonly known
as the “30 percent ruling.” It is designed to compensate incoming foreign
workers for the costs of relocating to the Netherlands, and takes the form of a
30% tax reduction on Dutch income that can last as long as eight years.
In lieu of the tax break, and
employer can compensate an employee on a tax-free basis for the actual expenses
of a temporary residence in the Netherlands. The new policy would also apply to
To qualify for the break, a
The new policy was announced in
a 20 April 2018 letter to parliament. The State Secretary for Finance said the
new policy would be included in a package of tax measures to be presented to
parliament in September.
In support of the change, the
government cited a review that found approximately 80% of those who qualified
for the tax break were no longer using it after five years.