Expat Desk: Working in the Netherlands

If you are an expat working in the Netherlands, you will likely encounter rules and regulations that differ from those in your native country. Dealing with these new rules can be a time-consuming task. For example, each expat working in the Netherlands is required to file income taxes, regardless of the duration of their stay. Due to the complexities of Dutch tax laws, this can lead to difficult questions. Additionally, an expat working in the Netherlands must obtain a valid BSN number from their local tax office. An expat also needs to keep a record of their earnings to ensure they comply with all relevant Dutch legislation. WePayPeople’s Dutch Umbrella Company is perfectly equipped to assist with cases such as these. We provide specialised services for expats and we can help you with any questions you may have during your stay.

The Dutch Umbrella Company expat desk provides expatriate and immigration services to a wide range of international and Dutch clients, ranging from small- and medium-sized enterprises to multinationals. Our success is based on the combination of high levels of service and a transparent, highly competitive fee structure.

The 30% ruling

The 30% ruling is the most important tax benefit for expats in the Netherlands. Foreign employees who come to live and work in the Netherlands and meet a number of criteria are eligible for this tax benefit. Once granted, the 30% ruling allows employers to pay the employee 30% of their salary as a tax-free allowance in lieu of any extraterritorial costs incurred by the employee as a result of taking up this international assignment outside his/her native country.
Our Expat Desk assists employers and employees by applying for the 30% ruling on their behalf. At the start of the application process, you will be assigned a dedicated advisor. This advisor will coordinate your application from start to finish and communicate with the Dutch tax authority on your behalf.

Our 30% ruling services include:

  • Explanation of the 30% ruling application criteria;
  • Initial screening to determine whether the employee’s situation meets the criteria of the 30% ruling;
  • Provision of proforma payroll calculations with and without application of the 30% ruling (as required);
  • Submission of a proforma application to the Dutch tax authority (as required);
  • Provision of document templates and tips on how to fill these out correctly;
  • Collation of the application documents and submission of the completed application to the Dutch tax authority;
  • Once received, confirmation of the Dutch tax authority’s decision;
  • Once received, provision of the official tax ruling to the employer and employee;
  • Advice on how to implement the 30% ruling in the payroll administration.