Quality of Life - Tax
The Dutch Tax System
The Netherlands is a socially conscious country, with a progressive tax system.
You pay a proportion of your income to taxes and in return you can among others expect well-maintained roads, excellent facilities and a first-rate social safety net. In paying taxes your personal situation is taken into account (non-working partner, for example), type of work, residency status and other assets and earnings (particularly from abroad) affect your position considerably. Moreover, there is a special tax rule for international knowledge workers: the 30 per cent tax regulation.
30 per cent tax regulation
International knowledge workers in the Netherlands can profit from interesting tax deductions. The so called 30 percent regulation offers expats with scarce knowledge and skills a considerable tax discount. The taxable amount of the gross income of expats in the Netherlands can be reduced to 70% (instead of 100%). This means 30% of their income is tax free. The rule applies for a maximum duration of 8 years.
“The working environment in most Dutch companies ensures a very good work-life balance. Moreover, the social system here appears to ensure more equality than other places I have seen and heard of.”
Pradhayini Ramamurthy (29) from India works at Thermo Fisher Scientific
You can find more information on taxation, finance and insurance on the website of Holland Expat Center South.