30% ruling, May 2018

In April 2018, when the government announced plans to end the 30% ruling, ICAP carried out a survey to find out the views of the international community. More than 4,500 people responded.

Key findings:

  • 63% will lose up to €1,000 in take-home income when they no longer qualify for the ruling
  • 31% will lose the benefit on January 1, 2019
  • over 50% of respondents losing the benefit before December 31st 2019
  • 71% said the 30% ruling was a factor in making the move
  • 13% work for a university and 41% for a Dutch company

The results of the survey were used widely by people and organisations campaigning for a government rethink. Tax minister Menno Snel was asked several questions by MPs based on the results of the survey – so ICAP is now immortalised in the parliamentary records.

This is what Jessica Piotrowski, from the United Expats of the Netherlands organisation said:

‘I think the data was useful in sketching profiles of WHO is affected by this change. The stereotypical image of a 30% user is far different from the actual user, and we used this information alongside information from the Dialogic report to ensure that the stories of real users were clearly heard.’