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Approval for tax exemption under tax treaties Gulf States
16 November 2017




Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates

On 7 September 2017 the State Secretary of Finance issued a Decree in which an approval is included for Dutch residents to use the tax exemption on certain employment income that is (partly) taxable in one of the Gulf States. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates fall under the Gulf States.
Netherlands – Budget Proposal – tax measures
11 October 2017
On 10 October 2017 the newly formed coalition Government of the Netherlands finally released the Budget Proposal for 2018 -2021. 
Budget Day 2017 - Proposed measures in the Income and Wage tax
06 October 2017
On Budget Day (Prinsjesdag), 19 September 2017, a package of tax measures have been presented as part of the budget for the coming year. We provide an overview of the measures relating to individuals, employees and employers below.
Budget day 2017 - Changes dividend withholding tax and other profit - related amendments
27 September 2017
As was already announced - the dividend withholding tax legislation will be amended on a number of points, being an extension of dividend withholding tax to basically also apply to cooperatives. The dividend withholding tax exemption is to be expanded to include tax treaties with non-EU/EEA countries. The proposal also contains specific rules on interest held in Dutch BV's/NVs or holding cooperatives through hybrid entities. Finally, an anti-abuse provision will be added.
Budget Day 2017 - Outline of VAT measures
19 September 2017
On Budget Day (Prinsjesdag), 19 September 2017 a package of tax measures have been presented as part of the budget for the coming year. Below we outline the measures relating to VAT.
Social security treaty between the Netherlands and China will enter into force on 1 September 2017
28 August 2017

International labor and cross border assignments


Chinese companies with expats in the Netherlands (and vice versa) will have a decrease in costs because the Social Security Treaty between the Netherlands and China ('the Treaty') enters into force, no double social security premiums have to be paid for these expats. Chinese companies only have to pay social security premiums for basic old age and unemployment for expats in the Netherlands. Conversely, only Dutch social security premiums for old-age, pension (AOW), survivors (ANW) and unemployment (WW) are due for expats in China.
Internet consultation implementation European Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive ("ATAD 1")
26 July 2017
On 10 July 2017 the State Secretary of Finance provided a letter to Dutch parliament in which he indicated that an internet consultation has been opened for a draft bill. The draft bill has been prepared in order to implement ATAD 1, which Directive was approved by the EU member states in June 2016, an EU directive that provides for a minimum harmonisation against tax avoidance.
Concept legislative proposal regarding the registration of the final stakeholders
22 May 2017
On 31 March of this year, the legislative proposal for the implementation of the obligation for maintaining a central register with information about the final stakeholders (also called the ultimate beneficial owner, hereinafter 'UBO') of companies founded in the Netherlands, and other legal persons, was published. The obligation of such a central register derives from the European directive 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for money laundering or terrorist financing (PbEU 2-15, L 141, hereinafter 'directive').
Knowledge vouchers
21 February 2017
Would you like to position your business (further) on the international market, but you need fiscal or legal support to do so? With a knowledge voucher it is possible to obtain a compensation for hiring an international lawyer, tax specialist or tax advisor.
Deadline for filing the 2016 financial statements in the Netherlands
09 February 2017
The ultimate deadline for the filing of the financial statements with the Chamber of Commerce has been changed and is now 1 January (before 31 January). This applies as from the bookyear 2016.