Tired to be woken up by that morning alarm buzzing in your ears? Want to change this stinking job you have? Maybe you will change your opinion, maybe you’ll pack your suitcase once you read about these strange jobs around the world! Read article
It’s time to check your tax class in Germany: yes, you can change it and, of course, you can apply for a refund Read article
Zorgtoeslag is an allowance; Algemene heffingskorting is a tax credit. Let’s see what they are for and how to apply! Read article
Austria hosts about more than one million of foreigners working in various sectors. As the economy changes, the job demand differs as well, but still, tourism sector is the most requested area in order to find an easy and seasonal job. Quite a lot, unfortunately, don’t know anything about income tax and tax refund. So what to do if you want to work in Austria and comply with the Austrian regulations? Read article
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a new tax bill voted into law in the United States.Here is how it affects J1 Visa students working and travelling in the USA in 2018. Read article
So you live in Malta, but not just because of the sunny beaches and the astonishing waves? Well, if you are also a worker there, employed or self-employed, we have good news for you! Read article
Nowadays there are many jobs that can be done on cruise ships or cargo ships. You could cover different types of job, ranging from bars to sales, restaurants, entertainment, fitness, and many others. Instead workers on cargo ships are employed in the boarding operations, security, travel, storage and others. Read article
How do family policies change through Europe? Who is entitled to them and for how long? Find out which countries are the best parental leave payers. Here we compare Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Iceland, Belgium and Norway in a comprehensive overview of what local rules are and how they differ in our elderly dear Europe. Read article
Lots are moving to Spain for a year or two to work and travel, enjoying the country. But what happens when it’s time for a tax return? Here some helpful tips about Spanish fiscal system! Read article
Most of those who work or study in Norway omit to claim their deductions to the Norwegian tax administration. Keep your eyes on your Selvangivelse form before it is too late! Here are some tips for you, dear expat! Read article
If you were there as a student or with a working holiday visa, hurry up to get your overpaid tax back! New Zealand tax year ended up on the 31st of March. From now until the 7th of July, be ready to apply for your tax refund! Read article
Every employee has already received his PAYE-P60 for 2017. In this document, you will find the summary of your earnings and the tax you paid last year. Unfortunately, many expats forget to claim their allowances before they apply for a tax refund. Find out what allowance you are entitled to and how you can apply for it! Read article
The tax year in the UK is finished on 5th April 2018. Starting from this date, you will receive your P60, a document that resumes your British income. It also lists the amount of tax your employer deducted from your salary for the whole tax year. Read article
In Canada fiscal year ends up at the end of December (01/01-31/12).The deadline for file your tax return, and so your tax refund, is before April 30. Read article
Every year many expats don’t apply for their tax refund as they simply don’t know it is possible! Here we explain how to refund your taxes. Read article
Here you can find easy guidelines about allowances and rights in the Netherlands for those who works there for a limited period or just arrived. Read article
Your tax return and your tax refund may change.
Last year Luxembourg modified fiscal law bringing in many adjustments; primarily rising the ceiling applicable for certain deduction and adding new deductibles. Rules for non-resident married couples were changed as well.
But how may Luxembourg fiscal reform affect your next tax return? What are the relating implications your tax refund claim? Read article
Lots of foreigners work nowadays in the Czech Republic and many of them don’t know that it is possible to get back their overpaid taxes. You may be one of them. Read article
Foreigners that work and pay taxes in Belgium are entitled to a certain allowance, as well as they can be entitled to apply for a tax refund. Read article
For those who work in Germany, every fiscal year ends up with your LBS. Moreover, every employer is legally obliged to issue it to every employee. Read article
Child benefit in Austria is one of the best child allowance in Europe. It can be granted by the State, by the Region and/or by the city you live in. The best thing to do is to find out what are the conditions you must meet to apply. Read article
What is a Sufinummer, a Burgerservicenummer and a DigiD? Those who work in the Netherlands still can have some doubts about them. Here we explain what they are for and how you can apply for them Read article
Every year a huge number of students askfor a permit to go to the USA. Most of them opt for a J1 visa. Last year forexample about 90.000 were accepted to work in USA with a J1.Read article
Germany announced changes in payments of child benefits for all employees having kids applicable as of January 2018. All applicants who apply for child benefits later than 1st January will receive the benefits only for 6 months back as opposed to current 4 years. For example, if you apply in January 2018 you will receive benefits for your kid(s) from June 2017.Read article
The Sofinummer and the BSN
Sofinummer was the citizen service number before it was replaced by the Burgerservicenummer (BSN), both issued by the Dutch tax office, the Belastingdienst.
Everyone who is in the Netherlands more than 4 months must ask for a BSN number. It is not only compulsory in order to be legally accepted as a citizen but also necessary when you need to sign your contract of employment, to open a new bank account, in case you need a doctor and even when you want to buy a car. A BSN is necessary in order to have access to all those services, including to your tax refund.
Firstly, you go to register in the municipality (Geemente) you live in. To ask for a BSN number you can also call the municipal office and ask for an appointment It will be easier for you, avoiding the line and choosing what time would fit the best for you. Anyway, remember to not get late: if you miss the appointment, the officer will not set up a new one for you!
Once you get there, you will be asked to provide your local address and a valid identity certificate: ID or Passport are fine for EU citizens,while non-EU citizens must also have a residence permit and a copy of the work contract. Within 5 working days officers will sent your BSN directly to the provided address.
Non-EU applicants waiting for a residence permit can still apply for their Burgerservicenummer: in this case, you will have a temporary BSN that will be confirmed once the Geemente has your residence application all legit.
Since this is a unique identification number you can simply use your Bunderservicenummer (BSN) with any Dutch institution you will be dealing with. It was created to facilitate information exchange between authorities and make life easier to the citizens.
In 2003 Dutch government inaugurated the Nieuwe Authenticatie Voorziening (NAV) also called Burgerpin. One year later the name changed into DigiD, acronym for Digital Identity. Since then, almost every public institution joined the government program.
The aim is to gather all identification documents (ID, driving license, health insurance, etc) in just one code. Doing that most of the operations you currently do in physical offices, will be done by Internet,accelerating the services and easing office’s desk lines.
To get a DigiD code you firstly must have a BSN. Then you can only apply - guess it! - by internet. The name and the address provided should be the same you gave to the GBA (Geemente) - so the same you have on your BSN-.
Unfortunately, the only way to identify yourself is... yourself. In fact, you don't need to submit a personal identification certificate, a self-certification is sufficient in order to apply. In such circumstances, everyone who get hold of somebody's else BSN can use the DigiD number at his/her place. This leads to a lot of controversies about DigiD’s privacy safeness: although there are three different levels for the security, the first one and the less safe is the most used so far. The more you get safe, the more the services you can purchase, but Dutch people still seem to avoid them.
Digital identities, privacy bills, even digital nations have become topic of discussion for many of us. And you, what do you think about it? We will take the subject warm for you on our Fb page! Find us and give your opinion.
Why to get and keep your BSN?
So, if you've ben working or you're going to work in the Netherlands, don't forget about your BSN, because you will need it for your tax refund at the end of every fiscal year!
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