5 tips for expats working in The Netherlands

Working in the Netherlands is where it all begins. When you find an amazing job, it is very important to stay focused. Here are 5 tips to keep in mind when you start working (or already work) in The Netherlands!

1. Review your employment agreement before signing.

It is important to review your employment agreement before signing, to make sure it is in accordance with Dutch law. Dutch law is quite employee friendly and has mandatory law on topics such as holiday, sickness, paid leave, salary and termination of the employment agreement. Reviewing and amending the employment agreement before you sign is very common in the Netherlands. For new clients, we are currently offering a full review of the employment agreement for just €150. This offer is valid until 31 December 2017.

2. Know your rights as an employee under Dutch law.

Employment is like marriage, paired with emotional and economic investment and certain expectations. It can be hard to stay focused on the legal details. However, as an employee it is very important to know your rights and the framework of the employment. Some employers tend to take advantage of the lack of knowledge of their employees, especially in big cities like Amsterdam. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding your employment situation. The first 30 minute consult is always free!

3. Self-employed? Be aware of the differences between working from a B.V. and working as a freelancer.

Working as a freelancer is very popular nowadays. It brings a lot of opportunities, but also certain obligations. When choosing a legal form for your company, it is important to keep in mind that that there are huge differences between working as a freelancer and working from a B.V. Apart from tax consequences, there are also differences in liability. For more information on the legal and tax aspects of self-employment in the Netherlands, contact us directly or join one of our Legal Lunches in Amsterdam (every last Friday of the month – apply via e-mail).

4. Investigate if you can apply for the 30% ruling.

The 30% ruling in the Netherlands is a tax facility for expats who come to work in the Netherlands and have expertise that is scarcely available in the Netherlands. The tax advantage consists of a tax free allowance of maximum 30% of the salary which is subject to Dutch payroll tax. The 30% ruling is granted when the appropriate requirements are met. Wondering if you meet the requirements? Get in touch with our tax experts and find out

5. Timely file your taxes.

If you live or work in the Netherlands you will have to pay tax on your income. If you are an employee, your employer will already withhold wage tax every month. If the withholding has been too high, or if you have certain deductions, you can claim a refund by filing a tax return. The type of tax form and the date before which you will need to file your taxes depends on your personal situation.

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