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The government plans about the 30% ruling, and our view on this;

30% ruling plans

On 20 April 2018 a letter was published by government that says that they plan to reduce the maximum term of the 30% ruling from 8 to 5 years. They want to do this both for new ruling applications, but also for existing rulings, without any mention of any transition period. There is no draft of any law yet. It will probably come in late September, with possible adjustments in the months following when the 2019 tax plan goes to parliament.

This means that we know the government plans changing the ruling’s term, but do not know any details yet about how this will work out for existing rulings. If there will indeed be no transition period, it may be that people who already enjoy the benefits for 5 years already, will lose their ruling as per 1 January 2019 just like that. Of course this would have a big impact on these people.

The existing rulings do mention that it can be adjusted if the laws and regulations change. In 2012 the term was reduced from 10 to 8 years, and only for new ruling applicaton or for rulings that were less than five years old. Then the change was not so sudden for people that had rulings. We expect this was for a reason. We feel it is not so sure if indeed the term for existing rulings can or will be changed just like this.

When the draft law goes to parliament, the draft law can still be adjusted. And then, if it would become law, it might be that our courts will decide it is against for example the European Convention on Human Rights. A court may rule against it as the sudden change in the law is not an example of a government respecting the rights that people have and creates legal uncertainty. But it is very unsure how the courts will rule, only time will tell how that will go.

If you are also affected, it would depend on how the law is stipulated how this would work out for you. But yes, yuo should take into account that it is possible that as from 1 January 2019 you will lose your ruling just like that.
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