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Weekly Updates on Tax and Immigration laws worldwide.

Dutch budget for 2019: changes in taxation

Posted by on January 15th 2019 in News

With the New Year comes the implementation of the Dutch budget for 2019, which includes some changes in taxation. VAT INCREASE AND COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE There have been VAT increases, most notably on groceries, the impact of which has been offset by a decrease in income tax rates. As a result, the impact of…

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EU vs. Tech Companies

Posted by on September 27th 2018 in News

The EU continues to put pressure on large tech companies to rein in the exploitations they are seeing on all sides. From tax fraud to fake news monitoring, companies like Apple and Google won’t be counting themselves exempt from EU standards. Apple Pays Ireland €14bn in Taxes and Interest Ireland recently received more than €14 Billion…

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UAE Approves New Visa for Retirees

Posted by on September 26th 2018 in News

Expat retirees will now be allowed to stay in the UAE, even after they have retired from their position. The country has just passed a new Visa law that allows expats over the age of 55 to remain, for a period of up to 5 years after they require with a possibility of extension should they…

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Brexit Update

Posted by on September 26th 2018 in News

The Brexit countdown is coming to a close as the UK struggles to make a deal before leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019. As of now, there has been an additional meeting scheduled for November for any last minute attempts at a deal but both sides seem to be digging their heels in. Theresa…

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Prinsjesdag (Budget Day) 2018

Posted by on September 19th 2018 in News

The annual budget day, better known as Prinsjesdag, was held yesterday September 18, 2018 in The Hague. Leaders in the Netherlands meet every year to announce budget plans for the following year. This year, the 30% ruling has been the topic of debate with details regarding the changes to come, kept under wraps. The 30%…

30% Ruling Update
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Netherlands Anticipates Strong Economic Years Ahead

Posted by on August 29th 2018 in News

The Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) has forecasted that the Dutch economy is growing, despite the percentage decrease from the last forecast in June. The CPB reported in June, that the economic growth was projected at 2.9% for 2018 and 2.7% for 2019. The adjusted rate now is 2.8 for 2018 and 2.5…

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Supplementary Proposal added to Swedish Draft Tax Bill

Posted by on August 17th 2018 in News

The Ministry of Finance in Sweden has released a new memorandum regarding a supplementary proposal on the taxation and payment of tax on temporary assignments as of 14 August 2018. The original ruling stated that a foreign employee hired by a company to do work in Sweden, but does not have a permanent establishment (PE)…

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Study Finds an Increase in Fees of International Schools, Globally

Posted by on July 25th 2018 in News

ExpatFinder.com has received the results of their latest annual survey of international school fees and we have seen a hike in school fees since 2017. The organization surveyed 688 international schools across 27 countries revealing a 19% rise in 2018. This follows a 2% increase in 2017. Why the drastic increase? While some of the…

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Restrictions Placed on Schengen Area Travel

Posted by on July 25th 2018 in News

New restrictions on travel through the Schengen area have been approved to take place. The European Parliament approved the implementation of ETIAS, or European Travel Information and Authorization System, earlier this month. The new system, modelled after the United States’ Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), requires adults from countries exempt from the visa requirement…

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New Requirements for Russian Employee Registration

Posted by on July 12th 2018 in News

As of 8 July 2018, expats on short or long-term assignments in Russia are no longer allowed to register using their employer’s address. Foreigners must register with the Russian government shortly after arrival in the country and many employers register their employees at their work address in order to simplify the process. This is no…

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New Requirements for Swiss Employers

Posted by on June 20th 2018 in News

As of 1 July 2018, all employers with job vacancies in Switzerland must post their vacancies with the regional employment centers (i.e. RAVs) for a set period of time before opening the position up to outside areas. This is to ensure that priority is given to Swiss and EU nationals residing in Switzerland over non-European…

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The Netherlands lifts restrictions on Croatian workers

Posted by on June 11th 2018 in News

As of 1 July 2018, the Netherlands has lifted the restrictions for Croatian workers in the country, closely following the UK’s decision to do the same. In 2013, Croatia was established as a full member of the EU and was given a restriction for employment in the Netherlands, along with a few other member states. This restriction required Croatian…

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EU Makes Final Agreement on Tax Information Exchange

Posted by on June 8th 2018 in News

The European Council has made a final agreement for new rules on tax information exchange between tax consultants and other intermediaries, such as tax advisors, accountants, and lawyers, who advise on tax. This rule will apply to cross-border transactions that meet certain characteristics, which indicate undesirable tax planning and will have a deadline of 31…

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Update: 30% Tax Ruling

Posted by on May 29th 2018 in News

As of Tuesday, May 29, 2018, a petition was submitted signed by almost 30,000 expats asking that the government re-think its plan to reduce the 30% tax ruling. Last month, members of the Dutch government agreed upon a new proposal to reduce the 30% Ruling for qualifying foreign nationals from 8 years to 5 years,…

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New Swedish Bill Drafted for Temporary Foreign Employees

Posted by on May 25th 2018 in News

Sweden has drafted a new tax bill amending the previous tax on temporary foreign employees. Currently, employees that are hired by a foreign company without a permanent establishment, or PE, in Sweden are not taxed if they do not exceed a stay of 183 days in a 12-month period. Temporary foreign employees are only taxed…

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Number of American Companies Investing in Holland Takes a Dive

Posted by on May 23rd 2018 in News

The number of American companies choosing the Netherlands as the place to settle is rapidly decreasing. Many companies from the United States are looking to other European countries to open up shop due to an unfavorable business climate. The corporate tax rate and the soon to be changed, favorable tax regime for expats, are cited…

30% Ruling Update
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EU Blue Card Holders Update

Posted by on May 22nd 2018 in News

As of 1 April 2018, EU blue card holders join Highly Skilled Migrants in the list of residents allowed a 3 month search period after premature termination of their employment agreement. This applies regardless of the reason for termination and is not allowed to exceed the validity period of their residence permit.

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Cruise Ships are avoiding all docks in the Netherlands

Posted by on May 22nd 2018 in News

Ports in the Netherlands have seen a decline in cruise ship dockings since 2014 when an American Royal Caribbean ship received a 1 Million Euro fine for having Filipino maintenance employees on board who did not have work permits. This fine has caused several disagreements regarding whether this is necessary for work on seagoing vessels….

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New Tax Treatment of Commercial Pensions-China

Posted by on April 25th 2018 in News

On 2 April 2018, Circular No. 22 was issued announcing a new pilot program for the deferred tax treatment of commercial pensions for individual income tax purposes. This circular applies from 1 May 2018 to 1 May 2019 for the residents of Shanghai, Fujian province, and Suzhou Industrial Park in China. Contributions to a commercial…

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