Vonhof attack his message against Prime Minister Mark Rutte, during the recently held annual congress of MKB-Nederland. This congress was all about resilience. “We need to get rid of the snap and zigzag policies that are only exacerbated by the fragmented political landscape,” he said.
Reward entrepreneurs who are willing to take risks
The chairman also calls for a “future-proof tax system”. Profits from entrepreneurs would not automatically become income and taxable, because they also invest in, for example, sustainability, personnel and innovation. According to him, taking certain entrepreneurial risks should be expected from a tax point of view.
Thirty hour limit
Vonhof sees little benefit in a moving full-time bonus for employees who work full-time. A system with a thirty-hour limit, in which employees are paid for all hours above the limit at a fixed, lower tax rate, would rather be an incentive to continue working more.
Last Saturday, about four thousand members of the trade union FNV came to Amsterdam to protest against the ‘income crisis’ in which we find ourselves. Various arguments from different sectors argue for a just society and fair solutions to the money problems that the Dutch are increasingly facing.
Debts often run high before people sound the alarm and get help. The government is therefore seeking to strengthen debt assistance. In recent years, 120 million euros have been structurally released for tackling money worries, poverty and debts. Cleaning companies are also happy with this message, as they also want to avoid money worries for employees in this sector.
How important it is that employees have the right papers to be able to work in the Netherlands became apparent during a pregnancy in Amsterdam. Because two foreign nationals without the correct work permit at the cleaning department in a gym resulted in a fine of 19 thousand euros. The fine is now thrown like a ball between the cleaning company and the administrative office that the permits must be checked.
ABN AMRO’s sector forecast shows that the Dutch cyclical environment is heading for difficult conditions. Prolonged high energy prices, rising interest and wage costs and an approaching recession are causing reluctance to spend money. Yet for business services, which also includes the cleaning sector, the story is not just negative.