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    Fewer benefits for fake zzp’er

    The draft opinion recently published by the SER (Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands) on the Dutch labor market states, among other things, that individuals becoming zzp’er for financial considerations only, such as caretakers who were fired and then had themselves hired as self-employed workers, should receive fewer benefits.

    Happy

    The SER states that although the Netherlands is a prosperous and happy country on average, at the same time inequality and social discontent are growing. The SER wants to discourage people to become zzp’er for financial considerations. This group has lately increased considerably and is also eligible for the tax benefits of being self-employed, while on the other hand they are really some sort of employees still. The group hardly runs any financial risk, unlike the butcher or the baker around the corner, who are equally self-employed. The SER wants to see this changed.

    Protection

    For that purpose, the self-employed individuals allowance must be phased out in conjunction with the other measures improving the self-employed individuals’ protection. The allowance must then be replaced by tax facilities for self-employed individuals running a real risk because of their investments. At the moment the self-employed allowance is already being reduced. In addition, self-employed individuals must take out a compulsory insurance against the incapacity for work.

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