2023 Change Fixed Mileage Allowance in the Netherlands.

In the Netherlands, employees who use their personal vehicles (car, motorcycle or bicycle)  for work-related travel often receive compensation in the form of a Mileage (commuting) Allowance per kilometer.

Annually, the Dutch government establishes standard mileage rates, serving as the foundation for employer reimbursements to employees. The allowance per kilometer [reiskostenvergoeding] is a tax free ruling within Dutch legislation.

Tax Fee Mileage Allowance

While the government sets the maximum tax-free mileage allowance, it is up to the employers’ discretion whether to apply it. This means that companies can choose to reimburse their employees the maximum tax-free rate, or to apply a lower or higher rate.

Employees will then have the option to enrol for a Home-to-Work Mileage Allowance, facilitating daily commutes between their residences and workplaces and vice versa. The distance covered is typically calculated along the most common route between home and workplace.

While the allowance is not mandated by law, processing the reimbursement via payroll is obligatory according to Dutch tax regulations. This reimbursement cannot be facilitated through expense systems like Concur.

The allowance has become an integral part of employee compensation packages, providing a mechanism for fair reimbursement for commuting related expenses.

The allowance does not apply to employees who have a public transport card or a company car paid by the company.

2023 Mileage Allowance

In 2022, the Mileage Allowance has changed, see: 2022 Change Fixed Mileage Allowance in the Netherlands, and in 2023 it is revised as well.  In 2022, the allowance was 0.19-euro cents per kilometre travelled between home and work, and work to home, to a maximum reimbursement for not more than 128/214 days per year on a fulltime employment. 

Starting 2023, the allowance is 0.21-euro cents per kilometre travelled between home and work, and work to home

Mileage Allowance Calculation

The employer has two options:

1. Calculating actual costs based on the kilometers traveled on days when the employee travels for work.

To implement this, employers need to establish an administration system where, before the cut-off date of the payroll for the previous month, employees provide the details of their actual days traveled to the office.

2. Agreeing upon a fixed fee with the employee. The law outlines the 128/214-day scheme for this purpose.

Under this scheme, the employee who commutes to a fixed workplace for at least 128 days in a calendar year may receive an allowance as if they traveled 214 days.

Note: A ‘fixed workplace’ refers to an address visited by the employee at least 40 times per calendar year.

If the employee does not work full-time, the 128/214-day scheme is adjusted proportionately to the number of days worked by the employee.

More information

As transportation trends and regulations continue to evolve, it is likely that the mileage allowance system in the Netherlands will also undergo further changes to adapt to the needs of employees and employers alike.

However, the fundamental goal of providing fair compensation for the travel expenses remains unchanged.

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