Re-certified for EuRA Global Quality Seal

I am very proud to let you know that, as of 9 April 2019, we are re-certified and allowed to carry the EGQS for yet another two years. 
 
Thank you Sybil (DQS), for your enthusiasm and as ever valuable remarks and advise. We’ll take all of your recommendations to heart and continue to build on the strengths of this wonderful company of ours. But foremost, I want to say thank you to my superb office team for all of their fresh ideas and energy, for their commitment and joy to be a part of the certification journey. Together, we are moving towards the future of i-Mobility Relocation and it is looking bright! 

Anke Jochem 201903 - i-Mobility Relocation

Welcome to our new colleague

Welcome Anke,

You’ve been with us for a couple of months already and it’s about time to let everyone know that we are very happy to have you as part of our team!

From early on, Anke has had a deep interest for travelling. Straight out of high school, she grabbed her chance to go on a 7-month trip through Asia. When she saw the opportunity to complete part of her Communication studies in Madrid, she didn’t hesitate. Once graduated, she happily combined her love for different cultures with her her own international experience and her speciality in hospitality in the relocation sector. After a short sidestep, she is back and even more motivated than before to do what she strongly believes in: to help transferees feel at home in the Netherlands.

I hope you will enjoy your time here with us at i-Mobility!

Cristian

Consequences of Brexit for British citizens living in the Netherlands

After a week of voting on Brexit in British politics, we are still none the wiser and a wide range of scenarios can still take shape. Ranging from a deal or no-deal to a shorter or longer postponement or no Brexit at all. The prospect of Brexit is of course cause for an equally large range of questions, both from transferees and their employers.

Up until now, we have been preparing for the scenario of a Brexit on 29 March with or without a deal, looking into what would need to be done for UK citizens relocating to the Netherlands before it takes effect.

Right of residence

The main thing is to be registered in the Basisregistratie Personen (BRP), the database the Dutch immigration services will look at when considering the residence status of UK citizens, before Brexit takes place. The Dutch government has prepared for two different transition periods after a deal or no-deal respectively. It is at this point unclear what will happen with the end date of the transition period in case of a postponement of Brexit.

The right of residence of UK citizens and their family members in possession of a permanent Dutch national residence permit (Type Document II) or permanent EU residence document (Type Document V) on the day of Brexit will not be affected. Those with a permanent EU residence document will (automatically) be invited by the IND to exchange it for a Dutch version. Permanent Dutch national residence permits can simply be renewed every five years.

Due to the current unclarity on how Brexit will proceed, the IND is proactively sending out temporary residence permits to all UK nationals and their family members living in the Netherlands. This temporary permit will only be valid in the Netherlands during the Dutch transition period of 29 March 2019 through 30 June 2020, independent on whether there will be deal or no-deal Brexit. The permit holder also needs to have a valid passport.

NB: The letters will only be sent to addresses which are recognised as residential by the municipality. When registration in the BRP happens shortly before the Brexit date this letter can also be requested individually from the IND.

Deal Brexit

In case of a deal Brexit, a transition period will take effect from 29 March 2019 until 31 December 2020. As long as they have been registered in the BRP before 29 March, nothing will change initially and Brits and their family members will continue to have the same rights.

After 31 December 2020, British citizens and their family members will need a residence document in order to stay in the Netherlands. In stages during the transition period, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) will automatically send out invitations to apply for this residence document. No action is needed on the side of the Brits and their family members until they receive the invitation.

NB: This invitation will not be sent to people registered at an office address. They can still apply for the residence status under the same conditions as other Brits, but will have to contact the IND themselves.

‘No-deal’ Brexit

In the event of no deal, a national transition scheme will take effect from 29 March 2019 until 1 July 2020. During this period, British citizens and their family members retain the right to live, work, and study in the Netherlands, as long as they are registered as residents in the BRP before Brexit takes effect. The letter described above will serve as temporary residence permit.

After the transition period, British citizens and their family members will need a new national residence permit to continue to have the right to work and study in the Netherlands. This permit can be obtained if they meet the same conditions for residence that apply to EU citizens. During the transition period, they will automatically receive a letter from the IND, inviting them to apply for this national residence permit before 1 April 2020.

The IND has created an informative infographic on the different no-deal scenarios and the consequences for the need for a temporary residence permit, which can be found on their website here.

UK driving licences

Deal Brexit

In case of a deal Brexit, the transition period until 31 December 2020 also applies to UK driving licences. As a result, holders of UK driving licences will be able to continue driving on their UK licences during this period, provided the licence is still valid.

‘No-deal’ Brexit

Should there be a no-deal Brexit, UK driving licences will remain valid for a maximum of 15 months after Brexit, on condition that the holder was already resident in the Netherlands before Brexit and the licence is still valid. During this period, holders of UK driving licences can go to the municipality in which they are registered to exchange them for a Dutch driving licence on the same requirements as before Brexit.

When exchanging a licence, the holder can choose between having it replaced or renewed.

  • When replacing a foreign licence, the Dutch licence you receive will expire on the same date as the original would have done. The advantage of this method is less bureaucracy and a shorter lead time. This is therefore the advisable option.
  • When renewing a foreign licence, the Dutch licence you receive will have a new validity period: 10 years for car driving licences (B) and 5 years for large goods vehicle and bus driving licences (C and D). However, the validity period may be shortened due to medical reasons. In some cases, the Centraal Bureau Rijvaardigheidsbewijzen(CBR or Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing) will require a declaration of medical fitness when renewing your licence. This declaration can be applied for online on the CBR website (Dutch language website).

For more detailed information and advice for professional drivers, please consult the RDW website.

 

 

 

30% ruling in 2019

Salary requirement and shorter duration 30% ruling
Minimum salary requirement over 2018 excluding allowance
One of the conditions to be eligible for the 30% ruling is to be able to show a ‘specific expertise’ in the form of a minimum annual salary in the Netherlands. For 2018, the two salary options were:
  • For employees aged 30 or older: €37,296
  • For employees under the age of 30 with a Master’s degree: €28,350
The above salaries are annual gross salaries including contractual 13th month, bonus and/or holiday allowance, but excluding the 30% tax-free allowance.
Should the above-mentioned salary not be reached after all, the  30% ruling will be revoked and will not be granted to the employee again in future. Important here is to note the employee’s age. If an employee turns 30, the higher salary requirement will start to apply the month after the month (s)he had his / her birthday.
 
Increase minimum salary requirement for 2019
The Belastingdienst annually raises the minimum salary requirement for the 30% ruling. At the moment of writing, the increase for 2019 has not yet been published. Although the increase has not exceeded 1% during the previous years, it is still important to ensure that salaries of employees to whom the 30% ruling has been granted will still make the new requirement in 2019. The same obviously applies for new applications in 2019.
Shorter duration: Transition period for existing cases
As you are probably aware already, the duration for the 30% ruling will be shortened from eight to five years. Initially, this would be applied to both existing and new cases as of 1 January 2019. However, the Dutch government has decided on a transition period of two years for existing cases, meaning that the new rules on duration will only come to effect for them on 1 January 2021. Employees whose eight-year 30% ruling would have originally ended in 2019 or 2020 will therefore not be affected at all. For those with an end date of their original eight-year 30% ruling in 2021 or later, the duration will be shortened to five years.
Should you have any questions based on the above or on another matter, as always, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Salary requirements 2019

Highly Skilled Migrants in 2019
As they do every year, the IND has raised the salary requirements for highly skilled migrants for next year. When negotiating salaries to bring new transferees to the Netherlands, please keep the following minimum gross monthly salaries (excluding holiday allowance) in mind for applications received by the IND in 2019:
  • Highly skilled migrants 30 years or older: EUR 4,500.
  • Highly skilled migrants younger than 30 years: EUR 3,299.
  • Highly skilled migrants following an orientation year for highly educated persons, or without an orientation year permit within 3 years after graduating or work as a scientific researcher: EUR 2,364.
  • European Blue Card holder: EUR 5,272.

The Dutch and Hierarchy

Have a look at below film! This is our PM Mark Rutte and what he does is so typically Dutch! The Welcome Kit which we present to our customers carries the book “Dealing with the Dutch” written by Jacob Vossestein. Although he wrote it some time ago, the Dutch values he describes are of all times.

  • low hierarchy
  • directness and critical attitude
  • pragmatisme and money mindedness
  • bureaucratic and yet tolerant
  • internationalism and openness

One chapter in his book goes into hierarchy and the Dutch problem with it.

“Obviously, there is no such thing as a checklist of Dutch cultural characteristics. Yet, the Dutch increasingly discuss the question as to what exactly Dutch identity is and what sets the Dutch apart from other nations. In such discussions, journalists and philosophers often come to the conclusion that one major factor at the heart of Dutch culture is egalitarianism. A sense of everyone being equal from a moral point of view. Although there certainly are financial aspects to this also, the underlying ethical principle is that everyone should have the same opportunities and that no matter what people’s position in society, high or low, they should be treated equally and with fairness, and treat others with due respect as well.

The major condition is low profile behaviour. If people do indeed occupy a high place in society, they shouldn’t openly pride themselves on it, while those in more lowly positions have the right to speak up on balance.”

Our PM is setting a fine example of it!

I invite you to read the book and get more insight into us, the Dutch.  We use it as part of our staff training. Only when you understand your own culture, you will be able to relate to the culture of others!

Enjoy!

 

Welcome to our new colleague

I am proud to introduce Jochem Lindelauf to you.

Jochem studied International Relations and International Organization in Groningen, Netherlands and recently moved to Amsterdam. He has a background of working in civil society and European youth work with a special focus on democratization in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He also lived and worked in Berlin for an internship in this field.

Through his experience with international communication and project management, we believe that working with people in international relocation suits him perfectly. We trust he will bring our clients a stress-free relocation experience.

GDPR compliant with a little…

… help from our Friends!!

A big thank you to all our team members for their contribution towards GDPR compliance! It was a very successful meeting last week, where we all became more aware of the increased processing of digital data and the need to protect it. The meeting started with showing the trailer of the WikiLeaks film “The Fifth Estate” pointing the attention to the somewhat grim effect of data leaking, and finished with a brainstorm session about how our field consultants could contribute to being compliant.

We also had a chance to introduce our new colleagues Danielle and Jochem, and at the same time say goodbye to Saskia. A special thanks to our colleague Rachel Viersma for her wonderful pictures of our meeting!

Letty & Jochem, Danuta Saskia 1 Danielle Teammeeting GDPR Taking GDPR notes Goodbye Saskia

We are about people coming together, exchanging knowledge and experience! We are i-Mobility Relocation, how may we serve you?

Opinie over voorgenomen versobering 30% regeling

De tussentijdse looptijdverkorting van de 30%-regeling voor bestaande gevallen is voor Leo Stevens de zoveelste bevestiging dat respect voor de bestuurlijke beginselen kennelijk niet meer in de genen zit van onze bestuurders. “Een trieste constatering,” vindt de emeritus hoogleraar fiscale economie van de EUR.

Looptijdverkorting ook voor bestaande gevallen
Het kabinet wil per 1 januari 2019 de looptijd van de 30%-regeling voor werknemers uit en naar het buitenland verkorten van acht naar vijf jaar. Deze verkorting geldt zowel voor nieuwe als bestaande gevallen. Ook voor het belastingvrij vergoeden van de werkelijke extraterritoriale kosten gaat een maximumperiode van vijf jaar gelden. Dat het kabinet de looptijd van de regeling voor bestaande gevallen niet eerbiedigt, zorgt voor veel onrust. In een eerder artikel voor TaxLive gaven Frank Mélotte en Huub Kapel (LIMES international) al aan dat respectering van bestaande gevallen toch het minste is wat men van een betrouwbare overheid mag verwachten.

Discutabel
Stevens, die zich nog altijd met hart en ziel inzet voor kwaliteitsverbetering van de fiscale rechtstoepassing, kan niet anders dan deze zienswijze van Mélotte en Kapel beamen. “Op zichzelf genomen zijn in de kabinetsreactie op de evaluatie van de 30%-regeling begrijpelijke argumenten aangevoerd voor de looptijdverkorting: de regeling wordt hierdoor doelmatiger, de beschikking 30%-regeling wordt veelal niet langer gebruikt dan vijf jaar en vrijwel ieder ander land met een vergelijkbare regeling hanteert in de regel een vijfjaarslooptijd.” Desondanks is het zonder enige bestuurlijke schroom doorvoeren van een looptijdverkorting voor bestaande gevallen volgens Stevens zéér aanvechtbaar. “Het kabinet negeert hiermee het vertrouwensbeginsel en vindt het kennelijk zelfs niet nodig deugdelijk te onderbouwen waarom de eerbiedigende werking van dit soort regelingen niet behoeft te worden gerespecteerd .Dat is een verkeerd signaal richting belastingplichtigen. Regelgeving en uitvoering moeten worden gedragen door fundamentele rechtsbeginselen. Deze inbreuk is de zoveelste toevoeging aan de lijst van beleidsregels die de betrouwbaarheid van de overheid ondermijnen.”

Geloofwaardigheid op spel
Met onmiskenbaar onredelijke wetgeving beschadigt het kabinet de belastingmoraal. In zijn meest recente boek ‘Vertrouwen in de toekomst; vertrouwen in elkaar’ maakt Stevens een brede inventarisatie van de factoren die de afgelopen tijd afbreuk hebben gedaan aan het rechtsstatelijke karakter van het Nederlandse belastingstelsel en die mede hebben geleid tot aantasting van het positieve imago van de Belastingdienst. Het zonder enige onderbouwing met drie jaar verkorten van de maximale looptijd van de 30%-regeling voor bestaande gevallen, past in de daarin opgenomen reeks. Het voelt als een typisch staaltje onredelijkheid.
Het kabinet had dit gevoel volgens Stevens ten minste kunnen pogen te verzachten door het rechtsstatelijke dilemma rond deze maatregel duidelijk in kaart te brengen. Het had kunnen aangeven dat de pro’s en contra’s van de looptijdverkorting óók voor bestaande gevallen serieus zijn gewikt en gewogen, maar dat ondanks alle beginselrechtelijke bezwaren integrale bekorting toch de beste optie is gebleken. “Bestuurlijke integriteit vereist dat je als overheid zoekt naar een evenwichtige afweging van alle in het geding zijnde belangen en niet simpelweg voorrang geeft aan het budgettaire belang.”

Inbreuk op het draagkrachtbeginsel
Stevens is overigens geen voorstander van de 30%-regeling. Het stoort hem dan ook dat in de kabinetsreactie met geen woord is gerept over de inbreuk van deze instrumenteel gemotiveerde regeling op het draagkrachtbeginsel. “Daarom had naast de duur van de fictieve 30%-aftrek en de optie voor de partiële buitenlandse belastingplicht, ook aandacht moeten worden besteed aan de suggestie een maximumbedrag in te voeren voor de aftrek of onbelaste vergoeding van de extraterritoriale kosten. De ongelimiteerde toepassing vormt immers de meest schrijnende inbreuk op het draagkrachtbeginsel. Inbouw van zo’n maximumbedrag zou de regeling meer maatschappelijk draagvlak hebben gegeven.”

Als het aan Stevens ligt verdwijnt uiteindelijk de 30%-regeling, maar dan wel op een doordachte en fatsoenlijke manier. “Het was beter geweest als de wens tot verdergaande aanpassing van de regeling gepaard was gegaan met gerichte beleidsacties om op EU-niveau af te spreken dat alle lidstaten met dit soort schadelijke belastingconcurrentie stoppen en dat zij dat uiteraard doen op een wijze die een rechtsstaat betaamt.”

Source Tax Live

i-Mobility onderschrijft deze opinie. Je kunt alleen in uitzonderlijke gevallen terugkomen op eerder gedane beloften!!

We are ready for May 25th, the GDPR deadline!

We had a very successful team meeting this week, during which we discussed the GDPR preparations we have been undertaking so far. The 8 main principles for the processing of personal date once formulated by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) in 1980 still hold today. GDPR is about these 8 principles:

1. Collection Limitation Principle

There should be limits to the collection of personal data, data should be obtained by lawful and fair means, and where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the data subject.

2. Data Quality Principle

Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which they are to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete and kept up-to-date.

3. Purpose Specification Principle

The purpose for the collection of data should be specified at the time of collection and data should not be used for anything other than its original intention without again notifying the data subject.

4. Use Limitation Principle

Personal data should not be used for purposes outside of the original intended and specified purpose, except with the consent of the data subject or the authority of the law.

5. Security Safeguards Principle

Personal data should be protected by reasonable security safeguards against such risks as loss or unauthorised access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure of data.

6. Openness Principle

There should be a general policy of openness about developments, practices and policies with respect to personal data. Individuals should have easy access to information about their personal data, who is holding it, and what they are using it for.

7. Individual Participation Principle

An individual should have the right to know if a controller has data about him/her and to have access to that data in an intelligible form for a charge, if any, that is not excessive. An individual should also have the right to challenge a controller for refusing to grant access to his/her data, as well as challenging the accuracy of the data. Should such data be found to be inaccurate, the data should be erased or rectified.

8. Accountability Principle

Data controllers should be accountable for complying with the measures detailed above.

Our consultants are all signing the data processor agreements at the moment, we have our Protocol for Data Breach Notification and a Register of our business processes for which we need to make use of personal data. We are ready for the future of Data Privacy!

Please read about our Privacy Policy and Statement here.

 

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