Returning 30% holders
What if you have been in the Netherlands before?
The conditions for the 30% ruling require that an employee has to be recruited from outside the Netherlands, and from outside a perimeter of 150km from the Dutch border. A returning employee who qualified for the 30% ruling during his or her prior stay is exempt from this requirement.
Reduced duration for returning employees
An employee returning to the Netherlands after a prior stay as a qualified 30% ruling holder may qualify again for the 30% ruling. The duration of the 30% ruling will be reduced by the period of the prior stay in the Netherlands, irrespective whether you applied for the 30% ruling at that time. In fact, the Dutch tax office considers all days in the past 25 years an applicant stayed in the Netherlands part of a ‘prior stay’.
Example of a returning 30% ruling holder
For example, you were a qualified 30% ruling holder in the Netherlands in the period 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016. Next you moved to Germany in close proximity to the Dutch border (within the 150km radius). When you return to the Netherlands in March 2020, you would qualify as a returning 30 percent ruling holder if you still met the income criteria for the 30% ruling. You can apply again for the 30 percent ruling together with your employer. The duration of your 30% ruling status is reduced from 5 years to 3 years, since you stayed in the Netherlands earlier in the period 2015 to 2016 (in this example).
Note: if you were not previously employed in the Netherlands prior to your return in March 2020 (in this example), you would not qualify for the 30%ruling since you were residing within 150km of the Dutch border.
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