All change: What’s new in the government rule book for 2013?
Monday 31 December 2012
The start of a new year traditionally means a large number of new laws come into effect in the Netherlands. Here is a round-up of the main changes.
Government subsidies for childcare are being cut.
Parents earning over €118,000 a year will no longer get subsidies for their first child.
Mortgage tax relief can only be claimed on repayment mortgages. Existing mortgages are not affected.
People who sell their home at a loss will be able to deduct interest paid on the negative equity from tax for 10 years.
The maximum mortgage will be fixed at 105% of the value of the property rather than 106%.
Social housing rents can be increased by inflation plus 1.5%.
Taxes on wine, beer, cigarettes and rolling tobacco will go up.
Tax payable on insurance will go up from 9.7% to 21%, costing the average household €100 a year.
The lower tax on ‘red petrol’, used by farmers, is being scrapped.
Companies will get a bonus for employing older jobless people or people with a handicap.
Taxes on cars will be based on their carbon dioxide emissions, rather than catalogue price.
Workers with a company car will no longer have to formally record private mileage.
The health service own-risk element is going up from €220 to €350.
Walking aids for the elderly will no longer be covered in the basic health insurance package.
IVF treatment for women over the age of 43 will no longer be included in basic health coverage.
Advice on diet and stopping smoking will be included in the basic package.
Dental charges will be set by the government rather than dentists.
People with low incomes but high assets will no longer be able to claim cash to help pay for health insurance.
The official retirement age will go up from 65 to 65 plus one month.
The under-16s caught in possession of alcohol will be committing a criminal offence and will face a fine.
Cannabis cafe owners will have to ensure their customers are officially resident in the Netherlands
People working in the public sector will no longer be able to earn more than the prime minister