Is the 30% ruling applicable on a redundancy payment?

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Question:

I would like to know that in case I am laid off from a job where I have a 30% ruling, is my ‘ontslagvergoeding’ also tax-exempted for the first 30%?

Answer:

The 30% ruling is not applicable on a redundancy payment, the Supreme Court confirmed that on January 25, 2008. Only regular/present income (including bonus, holiday allowance) falls under the 30% ruling. A redundancy payment is believed to be a payment for the loss of future income (and pension) and it is related to work which has been performed by the employee in the past over a longer period. It is not specifically related to work which has been performed recently. That is why the 30% ruling can’t be applied.