- The income tax rate in the second tax band (€20,142 to €68,507) will go down from 40.85% to 38.1% but is virtually unchanged in the lowest and highest tax band.
- Various tax deductions for people in work (heffingskorting and arbeidskorting) will also go up, so people with jobs will keep a little more of their income.
- The maximum tax-free allowance for volunteers will go up from €150 per month to €170 per month.
- Company car drivers with an electric car will have to pay tax on 4% of the catalogue value of their cars up to €50,000 and 22% over the rest – if they use their car privately to drive more than 500 kilometres a year. The standard rate of 22% for other company cars will not change.
- The 30% ruling duration for new claims will go down from eight to five years.
- The minimum wage for an adult aged at least 22 will rise €21.60 a month to €1,615.80. For a 19-year-old, the rise is €11.90 to €888.70.
- The lower rate of value-added tax (btw) will go up from 6% to 9%, which means food, books, visits to the hairdresser, concerts and sports events and buying flowers and plants will all cost more.
- Gas and electricity will be more expensive due to energy tax increases
- The maximum mortgage tax relief rate will go down from 49.5% to 49% – this only affects people in the highest tax band of over €68,507.
- The partners of new mothers will get five days paid leave, compared with just two in 2018.
- The period of leave for parents who are adopting or fostering a child will go up from four to six weeks, fully paid.
- Child benefits will go up and the maximum income limit for help with paying for regulated childcare will rise from €58,500 to some €75,000.
- At the same time daycare centres will have to employ more staff per group of children, which will increase the price slightly.
Healthcare and care services
- The basic health insurance policy now covers advice for people at risk of developing health issues because they are overweight.
- Parcetamol and over the counter vitamins and minerals will no longer be available on prescription. A new limit of €250 has been introduced for people who have to contribute towards the cost of medication.
- The incomes test for home nursing services (WMO) will be abolished and people living in residential care will face lower asset-related fees.
- The maximum healthcare benefit will rise to €99 a month for a single person with an income of less than €20,500 a year.
Crime and punishment
- It will be easier for mayors to close buildings they suspect are being used to produce or sell drugs
- The police will be able to keep car number plate registrations made by speed and surveillance cameras for four weeks – whether or not the driver is suspected of any crime.
- Traffic fines will go up – for example driving through a red light will cost €240 rather than €230. People will also be able to pay fines of €75 upwards by installments. The current limit is €225.
- The state pension age rises to 66 years and four months.
- The price of a packet of 20 cigarettes will rise 6 cents and 40 grams of rolling tobacco 11 cents.
- The relatives of people killed or left very seriously disabled through a crime or negligence will have the right to compensation (affectieschade)
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