Personal income tax

Private member’s bill on conditional final settlement of dividend withholding tax presented to Lower House

The private member’s bill concerns cross-border reorganizations by companies (head offices) resident in the Netherlands that are members of a group as referred to in Section 24b of the Dutch Civil Code or similar foreign rules with a consolidated net turnover of at least EUR 750 million.

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Guidelines on Mandatory Disclosure Rules (DAC6) published

During the parliamentary debates on the Dutch implementation of the Mandatory Disclosure Rules (DAC6) it was acknowledged that, in practice, it can be difficult to determine whether or not a certain arrangement is reportable. The Guidelines for Reportable Cross-border Arrangements published on June 30, 2020 by Decree dated June 24, 2020, provide further details about the reporting obligation for ‘Dutch’ intermediaries or ‘relevant taxpayers’.

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Postponement of deadline for notifications under the Mandatory Disclosure Rules (DAC6)

Recently, agreement was reached at the EU level on postponing by six months the deadline(s) for notifying reportable cross-border arrangements to the Dutch tax authorities under the Mandatory Disclosure Rules (DAC6). By letter to the Lower House of Parliament dated June 26, 2020, the Deputy Minister informed the Lower House that he will also be granting a postponement in the Netherlands by way of a policy statement of the same date enclosed with that letter.

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Progress on ‘working as a self-employed person’

On June 15, 2020, the fifth letter describing the progress made with respect to ‘working as a self-employed person’ was published. In this letter, the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment and the Deputy Minister of Finance inform the Lower House of Parliament of the developments and the follow-up steps with regard to the measures in the field of self-employment.

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Cross-border working during COVID-19

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Additional agreements about the second Jobs and Economy emergency package (Emergency package 2.0)

From a letter sent to the Lower House of Parliament on May 28, 2020, it appears that the government has further consulted with employer and employee organizations in response to Emergency package 2.0.

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Extension and expansion of Jobs and Economy emergency package (Emergency package 2.0)

More than two months ago the government announced a number of emergency measures in its ‘Jobs and Economy emergency package’ letter to the Lower House of Parliament dated March 17, 2020. These measures were intended to mitigate the first acute and widespread shock resulting from the coronavirus and the crisis measures introduced in this respect. On May 20, 2020 the government announced – once again in a letter to the Lower House of Parliament – that various measures in the first emergency package (Emergency package 1.0) would be extended and supplemented with new measures (Emergency package 2.0).

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Building Blocks for a Better Tax System

On May 18, 2020 the ‘Building Blocks for a Better Tax System’ package was published. The reports, which together contain more than 1000 pages of text, have resulted in 169 detailed policy options on a large number of taxes, which can be used by a new government.

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Second update of policy statement on corona crisis tax measures

The previous updated policy statement has now been replaced by the policy statement of May 6, 2020, in which the approvals in the previous policy statement are supplemented with new approvals, including with regard to the corona tax reserve, the normative salary and the work-related costs rules.

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