Legal

The Quest for a BSN Number

It is a rite of passage for newly arrived expats to undergo the mythical quest for a BSN Number… that is to say, obtaining your BSN (burgerservicenummer) which you need for employment and all other administrative functions in the Netherlands. Like most bureaucratic administration, it can be difficult, unnecessarily complicated and frustrating but we will attempt to put forward enough advice to help you get through this process as quickly and effortlessly as possible. If you plan to live and work in the Netherlands for more than four months, you must register at your local municipality (gemeente) within five days of arrival to receive your or BSN. This includes EU/EEA nationals as well as people in possession of a work permit.

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Keep informed about Dutch insurance

If you are already insured in the Netherlands, you may have gotten a reminder e-mail about the changes that the government is making when it comes to your health insurance. Each year, the Dutch government conducts a few changes in basic insurance which influences all insurers.

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Dutch Pension: A Primer

With the help of Delta Lloyd (a large Dutch insurer), GfK, the fourth largest market research institute in the world, has found that Dutch youths are not keen to work until they’re 70.

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30% Ruling

What does the 30% ruling mean?

The employer can reimburse the extra territorial costs of the employee tax free. To be able to do this the employee must hand over all the receipts and the employer must check and approve them. This can lead to a lot of work, especially if more employees are in a similar situation. To make it easier employer and employee can request the tax office (foreign tax office in Heerlen) to grant the 30% ruling to the employee for his activities for the employer. This way the employer can, once granted, pay out a tax free allowance of (roughly said) 30% of the salary of the employee.

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Pension

If you are older than 21 years old and you have worked for over 26 weeks on an Abroad Experience contract, you are entitled to build up a pension fund. Abroad Experience, as a recruitment agency, offers its employees a pension plan via StiPP (Stichting Pensionfonds voor Personeeldiensten). On a monthly basis, we send information to StiPP concerning the salary earned and the amount of hours worked by all temporary employees entitled to pension and we are then invoiced by StiPP based on that information.

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