As of 1 May 2016, the declaration of independent contractor status (VAR, verklaring
arbeidsrelatie) will be replaced by model agreements. If you work as a self-employed person
(ZZP) or freelancer in the Netherlands, your client can ask you for a declaration of
independent contractor status (VAR). With this declaration, they will not be held responsible
for any payroll taxes and contributions with regard to your work for them.
Changes as of 1 May 2016
As of 1 May 2016, the VAR will be replaced by model contracts. There will be general and
individual model contracts per sector and profession available on the website of the tax authorities (Dutch only). Companies who want to work with self-employed people can
decide to make their own model contract and get it approved by the tax authorities.
The purpose is the same: both contractor and client know who will be responsible for paying
payroll taxes and contributions.
Until 1 May 2017, there is a transitional period. The taxation authorities will give
information and advice about working with model contracts. As of 1 May 2017, they will
start monitoring the contracts.
Freedom of choice
It is not compulsory to use a model contract. In this case, the client needs to decide if he will
have to pay any payroll taxes and contributions with regard to your work.
Letter from the government
The secretary of state for Finance promised to send a letter to all people who work as self-
employed person, in which he will explain the new rules. This letter will be sent in March.