The outgoing cabinet agrees on the contours of a new savings tax, the taxation of wealth. But whether the ideas will become reality is uncertain. In the coming period, citizens will be able to give their opinion on the plan. And then the new cabinet has to get to work. The new system could then take effect in 2027 at the earliest.
The discussion about the savings tax (‘Box 3’) has been going on for years and was intensified after the Supreme Court ruled at the end of 2021 that the government should not have used a fictitious return on capital, as had always happened before.
State Secretary Van Rij said in March that the introduction of a new system will probably not be possible before 2027. Sources from The Hague now confirm a report in De Telegraaf that Van Rij has a proposal in the pipeline for a combination of systems.
Capital gains and capital gains
The caretaker minister wants a ‘wealth gain tax’ whereby tax is levied each year on the increase in value of someone’s savings or investments on the stock exchange.
In addition, there should be a ‘capital gains tax’ on real estate or investments in unlisted companies. People would have to pay taxes on that portion once they cashed in the winnings.
However, it is not yet possible to say whether the new system will reach the finish line in this way. Many hurdles still have to be taken for this.
- Supreme Court: savings tax in violation of the law
- Savings tax on actual return probably delayed further