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Reminder! Dutch Income Tax and Subsidies Webinar

We are starting a series of finance-related webinars in collaboration with Tim Dircken from Dircken and Partners Financial Services. The first of our series focuses on Dutch income tax, subsidies and specific arrangements for expats.

Tilburg International Club Dutch Taxes

Date: Thursday, 28 Jan 2021
Time: 20:00 – 21:00
Members: Free!
Guests: €5,00 per household (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)
Register by: 27 Jan 2021 (register below)

Please note: Reservations for guests are confirmed after payment is received.
No refunds are given after the RSVP date.

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What we learned about early Dutch education

We were happy to have Annebet from New2NL.com to give us an introduction to the Dutch school system. We had a great session with lots of great questions about Dutch education for young children.

Tilburg International Club Dutch Education webinarWe had a Zoom call that covered all kinds of early education topics including, educational philosophies (Waldorf/Steiner, Montessori, Dalton, etc.), preschools, how to apply to the schools, special needs education, programs for gifted children, schools for newcomers and much more. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about how to find a suitable schools, understanding the options and the philosophy of before and after school child care.

Prior to the webinar, members were able to submit questions that Annebet answered during the call including:

  • How to keep an eye on progress of your child without knowing Dutch.
  • How we can help our child in his study/homework without knowing Dutch.
  • When to register for basisschool?

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New! Finance Series Webinar: Dutch Income Tax and Subsidies

We are starting a series of finance-related webinars in collaboration with Tim Dircken from Dircken and Partners Financial Services. The first of our series focuses on Dutch income tax, subsidies and specific arrangements for expats.

Tilburg International Club Dutch Taxes

Date: Thursday, 28 Jan 2021
Time: 20:00 – 21:00
Members: Free!
Guests: €5,00 per household (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)
Register by: 27 Jan 2021 (register below)

Please note: Reservations for guests are confirmed after payment is received.
No refunds are given after the RSVP date.

REGISTER NOW! (more…)

Dutch Elections: Why Nexit didn’t happen

elections-1by Sondra Grace

On March 8th , shortly before the Dutch were due to go to the polls, Hein van Oorschot, formerly the
Mayor of Delft, gave an excellent TIC Talk on the Dutch electoral process. Today, the day following
Theresa May’s comeuppance, here’s what I remember: The main law making body, the House of
Representatives, is the Tweede Kamer (Second Chamber). Representatives are not elected to it by
gerrymandered district like in GB and the US, but instead nationwide and at large. You choose a
candidate from a tiny-tiny- print list, although in fact, your vote will go to the political party of which the candidate is a member – except in the case of Wilders as he is the sole member of the Party for Freedom (pretty name, not so pretty party). All the votes for every qualifying candidate are tallied. This total is divided by 150, the number of seats in the chamber, with each party receiving its proportionate share. The parties send the representatives from their list in the order they appear on the Ballot. (There are
complex rules to determine who gets leftover votes — there being no partial seat.)

electionsUnlike the British first-past- the-post system and the American Electoral College one, both of which are virtual road blocks to smaller political parties, the Dutch proportional system encourages a proliferation of parties. Last March there were 28 of them on the ballot, including ‘50 PLUS’ that looks after the interests of pensioners, and ‘D66’ founded by a group of young intellectuals. (Much to my chagrin there is no party for pensioned intellectuals.) With such an extensive menu of parties to choose from, it is almost impossible for any one party to get a majority sufficient for passing laws by itself, so the parties have to negotiate with one another to form a coalition. The bargaining typically proceeds at a leisurely pace—talks are still going on now, three months after the election. Winner-take- all systems lead to things like Brexit, but the need to form a coalition and to then to keep it intact by getting along with the other partners means that in the Netherlands extreme parties are usually frozen out. The chances of Nexit were probably about the same as in this age of global warming there ever being another Elf-Steden Tocht ice skating race, that is, when Hell freezes over.

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