Relocating to a new country can be financially demanding. However, if you are a highly skilled employee planning to move to the Netherlands, there's good news – you may be eligible for the 30% ruling, a beneficial tax advantage offered by the Dutch government. Let's delve into the details of this ruling and its conditions.
The 30% ruling allows employers to provide 30% of your salary as tax-free income, meaning you'll only be taxed on 70% of your gross Dutch salary. It's important to note that specific rules apply to different cases, so seeking professional advice tailored to your circumstances is essential. To understand more about the ruling, visit the website of the Dutch Tax Office: de Belastingdienst.
The 30% facility is applicable if you were recruited from outside the Netherlands or seconded from another country to work in the Netherlands. Meeting the following conditions is essential for utilizing the 30% ruling:
Previously, expats were entitled to enjoy the benefits of the 30% ruling for a duration of eight years. However, starting from January 1st, 2019, this period has been reduced to five years.
The purpose of this tax advantage is to compensate for the additional expenses you incur while working outside your home country, known as extraterritorial costs. The Dutch Tax Office does not require you to provide proof of these expenses.
Include various expenses, such as:
For a complete overview of all extraterritorial costs, you can refer to the website of the Dutch Tax Office. Once again, no proof of these expenses is required by the Dutch Tax Office.
It's important to note that certain costs, such as the purchase and sales costs of a home, including broker fees, and tax equalization (compensation for higher tax rates in the Netherlands compared to your home country), are not covered under the extraterritorial costs.