30% RULING

The 30% ruling is a Dutch tax facility aiming at attracting foreign employees with specific skills or expertise to work in the Netherlands. On this page you will find a brief overview of the 30% ruling including the conditions, the application procedure and two fictional examples.

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GENERAL

The 30% ruling provides a tax free allowance (30% allowance) which is deemed to cover all so-called extraterritorial costs. Extraterritorial costs are defined as the extra costs for staying outside of the country of origin.

Application of the 30% ruling gives rise to a substantial increase in net salary for the employee and substantial reduction of employer’s costs.

Tax free allowance

Which extraterritorial costs can be covered with this ruling?

» traveling costs of home leave
» extra costs of living
» double housing
» finding suitable housing and schools of children
» residence permit applications and changing of official documents (work permits excluded)
» language courses

CONDITIONS

DURATION

SALARY NORM

The salary norm must continuously be met. This may imply that the reduction of the agreed salary and the tax free allowance should be less than 30%. In 2021 an employee’s taxable yearly income must be more than EUR 38,961. For an employee that has a qualifying master’s degree and is younger than 30 years old, this is EUR 29,616.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

EXAMPLE 1

Without 30% ruling (EUR) With 30% ruling (EUR)
Gross salary 45,000 45,000
30% allowance 0
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6,038
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Taxable income 45,000 38,962
Subtract: tax / social security 16,695 14,455
Add: 30% allowance 0
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6,038
_____
Net salary 28,305 30,545

In this example, the 30% allowance amounts to € 6,038. This is less than 30% of the salary. If the 30% allowance would be higher, the salary (excluding the 30% allowance) would not meet the salary norm of higher than € 38,961.

This example shows that the benefit of the 30% ruling is € 2,240 (€ 30,545- € 28,305).

EXAMPLE 2

Without 30% ruling (EUR) With 30% ruling (EUR)
Gross salary 60,000 60,000
30% allowance 0
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18,000
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Taxable income 60,000 42,000
Subtract: tax / social security 22,260 15,582
Add: 30% allowance 0
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18,000
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Net salary 37,740 44,418

In this example, the 30% allowance amounts to € 18,000. This is 30% of the salary. This example shows that the benefit of the 30% ruling is € 6,678 (€ 44,418 – € 37,740).

MORE INFORMATION?

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Corine Freke
Corine Freke30% adviser
Ellen Smit
Ellen Smit30% adviser