Provised salary requirements 2018 for the 30% ruling

The provisional salary requirements for the 30% ruling as per 1 January 2018  are:

  • Regular: € 37.296,00
  • Lower criteria for masters younger than 30 years: € 28.350,00

Be aware, that these have not yet been confirmed by the Tax Authorities! Settle Service can assist you with a fast track 30% ruling service and advise you on this and all other 30% ruling conditions.

What does the salary requirement of 2018 mean?

Once confirmed by the Tax Authorities, international employees that have the 30% ruling will have to earn a fiscal income* of at least € 37.296 per year, as from 2018. To be eligible, one must have this minimum income. Another requirement is that the employee must have lived at least 150 kilometres from the Dutch border. The latter requirement effectively rules out employees living close to the border, such as Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium. UK citizens are considered to live more than 150 kilometres from the Dutch border (even if this is not always the case). Read our article ‘the 30% ruling and the 150 kilometers regulation‘ for more detailed information on this requirement.

Other recent developments

The request from the Dutch tax authorities for a valuation of the master degree increases significantly. In case your employee meets the lower salary criteria, we therefore advise to apply for this valuation upfront. Furthermore, we strongly advise to verify at least once a year if the employee still meets all requirements. The Tax Authorities may perform an annual check. If this is not the case, it may have severe consequences for both employer and employee.

Currently, the parliament is evaluating the ruling  Some parties wish to end the ruling. And some have proposed to impose a certain amends to the ruling. Such as, a maximum amount, exclusion of bonuses, and a decrease in the duration (from 8 years to 6 years). The reason for the debate is that it is unclear what the benefits are for the tax regime in The Netherlands. The next cabinet will decide if they will change the ruling.

* The fiscal income is calculated on the basis of the gross salary and the employer’s contribution for the health insurance act.

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