Social security for cross-border working and entrepreneurship

Do you live in a country other than the country in which you work? Or do you receive benefits from a country other than your country of residence? When working and doing business across borders, you want to know in which country you are socially insured. In the Netherlands, the social insurances consist of employee and national insurances.

Employee insurance schemes

Employee insurances are compulsory for everyone who works in the Netherlands as an employee. These insurances provide income for when you get sick or for when you lose your job. Like sickness benefit, unemployment benefit and WIA benefit.

National insurance schemes if you live in the Netherlands

National insurance schemes are mandatory for everyone living in the Netherlands. The contribution for the national insurance schemes is calculated based on your premium income. The schemes are the following:

  • General Old Age Pensions Act (Algemene Ouderdomswet, AOW)
  • NationalSurvivorBenefits Act (Algemene nabestaandenwet, ANW)
  • Long-term Care Act (Wet langdurige zorg, Wlz)
  • General Child Benefit Act (Algemene Kinderbijslagwet, AKW)
    You do not pay any contribution for the AKW

The national insurance contributions are deducted from your salary together with the wage tax, or levied together with the income tax in 1 assessment.

In certain cases, you may not be insured under the national insurance schemes. In that case, you do not have to pay any contributions, but you are also not entitled to the tax credit for the national insurance contribution.

National insurance if you live outside the Netherlands

If you do not live in the Netherlands and do not have an income from the Netherlands. If so, you are not insured under the Dutch national insurance schemes. In that case, you no longer have to pay contributions and you are also not entitled to an Anw, Wlz or AKW benefit. After your emigration, you will also no longer accrue AOW pension rights but your previously accrued AOW entitlements will remain. However, there are situations in which, even after your emigration, you will still be insured under the Dutch national insurance schemes on the basis of (inter)national regulations.

If you do not live in the Netherlands, but you do have income in or from the Netherlands, an assessment must be made as to whether you are compulsorily insured under Dutch national insurance. This depends on your income in the Netherlands.

Please note!

Check how your social security is arranged, especially if you receive a pension or social insurance benefit from another country. You may be eligible for exemption from certain national insurance schemes. You will not receive this exemption automatically; apply for the exemption yourself to the SVB.

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