Brexit would prompt need for expat financial advice
Expats “currently enjoy a range of specific rights to live, to work and access to pensions, health care and public services that are only guaranteed because of EU law. There would be no requirement under EU law for these rights to be maintained if the UK left the EU,” stated the government report.
“If the UK were to leave the EU then the UK government would need to disentangle the regulatory framework from EU law for the financial sector. Regardless of the exit negotiations outcome this would be a large and complex task,” it added.
As it stands, EU law accounts for most of Britain’s legislative framework, with many laws transposed from EU directives – this means that that should the “No” vote win in June, the need for sound and promptly delivered expat financial advice may be greater than ever before.
Much has happened since I last put pen to paper in the immediate aftermath of the referendum result and I thought it sensible to comment on some of the issues which are emerging from the ‘swirling fog’ that we experiencing. July 24th 2016, reminded me of September 12th 2001 in New York, with people walking around in shock, confused at the attack on the political and economic system. To be angry at the shock of the unexpected result and how that might affect everyone’s life is a natural and rational response, however much it might seem otherwise. Last week I wrote that the result was not a disaster and the financial system was capable of absorbing this shock, in short, my view has not changed.
If your expat financial adviser in the Netherlands has not alerted you to the fact already, you should be aware that the deadlines for Dutch tax returns are looming. Depending on your circumstances, these are as follows:
30 April – This is the general deadline and applies to the majority of taxpayers in the Netherlands
1 July – This is the deadline for most non-residents, including those who are newly arrived in the Netherlands as well as all other parties who qualify as M Form taxpayers (those who have only spent part of the tax year in the Netherlands due to immigration or emigration)