For 2016, some changes are expected to be made in the tax on income from savings and investments (Box 3). In effect, the tax burden on higher amounts of net wealth will be increased while the tax nurden on lower amounts of net wealth will be decreased.
Expat pensions in the Netherlands
Not that long ago retirement options for most of us in the EU were simple and relatively easy to understand. In fact, it wasn’t even that important to fully comprehend the intricacies of pensions and how they worked. We retired at the normal date and the company we’d spent the last 40 years working for would pay us a guaranteed pension for life.
In the past few years, freelancers and self-employed individuals could request for a Declaration of Independent Contractor Status (VAR statement, or Verklaring Arbeidsrelatie) with the Dutch tax administration (Belastingdienst). This Declaration that gave clients certainty about their wage tax status will cease to exist in 2016.