Tax Liberation Day in The Netherlands


At what point in the year does a typical taxpayer keep his earnings and stop paying the state – his “tax liberation day”?


At what point in the year does a typical taxpayer keep his earnings and stop paying the state – his “tax liberation day”? The only EU-wide study using consistent methodology calculates how long people have to work in 27 EU member countries in 2013 before they can keep their earnings and stop paying the state. Cypriot workers have the lightest burden, working until 14 March to finance their government. Belgians, who work until 8 August, maintain their position as the worst afflicted. For the fourth consecutive year, an EU wide calendar of “Tax Liberation Days” for typical workers in each of the 27 EU member countries has been released by the Brussels-based New Direction Foundation. Using one consistent methodology across all EU member countries, with data reflecting the tax reality experienced by real, working people, the study calculates the TAX LIBERATION DAYS which for The Netherlands is June 27.


What does this mean for The Netherlands, what conclusions should be drawn and what are they key findings from the 2013 study?


Featuring Derk Jan Eppink (MEP, Vice-President of New Direction Foundation) and Eline van den Broek (Director of Quid Novi Foundation), this event will seek to answer some of your questions. What day should Tax Liberation Day ideally be? Is today worth a party or should we reconsider our tax policy in order to score better next year?


Derk Jan Eppink studied Law and International Relations in Amsterdam. He started his career working in the European Commission and the European Parliament after which he switched to journalism. Eppink started writing for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, first on Southern Africa, then as correspondent in Poland and Czechoslovakia and finally as political editor in Dutch politics.

In 1994 he changed allegiance and started working for the Flemish newspaper De Standaard as political editor in Belgian politics. In 1998 he published his first book, Strange Neighbours, on the political and cultural differences between the Netherlands and Belgium.

In 1999, Eppink joined the cabinet of Commissioner Bolkestein and thereafter joined the cabinet of Commissioner and Vice-President of the Commission, Siim Kallas. After his Commission period he published his book Life of a European Mandarin, which gives insight on daily life of EU officials.

In 2007, Eppink moved to the US, to New York. For magazines in the Netherlands and Belgium he reported on the American presidential election 2008. In 2009, Eppink was elected to the European Parliament for the Flemish Lijst Dedecker and he joined the European Conservatives and Reformists. In 2010, he published Bonfire of Bureaucracy, in which he describes the autonomous growth of EU officialdom and the danger of EU taxes that will give the EU the means to gorw beyond democratic control.


Eline van den Broek is the founder of the Quid Novi, Foundation for Economic Reform in The Netherlands. After graduating from Utrecht University’s honours college in 2002, where she specialized in economics, law and political science, Eline graduated cum laude in political science from Leiden University in 2003. After her master thesis investigation “To what extent did the media subsidize political parties during the election campaigns in 2003?”, Eline joined the conservative think tank Edmund Burke Foundation to work on healthcare policy. When, in the summer of 2005, the foundation’s board decided to stop the public policy program to pursue the educational program for university students, Eline took the initiative to raise a new independent public policy institute to continue with and elaborate on EBF’s expertise and network in the public policy field. In 2005 she raised the European Independent Institute which was given the new name Quid Novi in 2009. The foundation is partnering think tank of the Brussels-based New Direction Foundation.

Apart from running Quid Novi, Eline is working on a range of healthcare projects, specializing in cost containment policies in Europe and the United States. She is primarily interested in research in comparative health systems, health insurance systems and strategies to cost containment (specifically in the field of pharmaceuticals). Among her research interests are the managed competition models like the FEHB, Medicare Part D, healthcare reform in different countries, cross border health systems and (short term) cost containment policies and their effect on outcomes.

For think tanks in the US, Eline has published about the Affordable Care Act and cross-nation comparative studies of healthcare systems. She has reported and commented upon political news in various media and I published political analyses. She has contributed to many websites, published many op-eds in (inter)national newspapers and magazines, and is frequently seen and heard in the media. Eline currently lives in Atlanta (United States), where she studies Health Economics and Policy at the Rollins School of Public health at Emory University.  

Apart from Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Policy, Quid Novi engages in research in the fields of Finance & Tax Policy, as well as Security & Defense Policy. This research is done by a pool of project-based research fellows. 


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