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Germany, Netherlands Strike Agreement Over Cross-Border Workers

April 9, 2020, 4:37 PM

Cross-border workers in Germany and the Netherlands can avoid double taxation during the coronavirus pandemic under an agreement signed by the two countries Thursday.

  • The workers will be allowed to consider days worked from home as days worked in the employing country, according to the agreement.
  • Dutch residents who are prevented from continuing their work in Germany and must stay at home because of the virus can also claim short-term German unemployment and bankruptcy benefits.
  • The agreement came into force April 6 and is applied to days worked since March 11. It will remain in place until April 30 and will automatically renew for a month at the end of every month.
  • Germany already struck a similar agreement with Luxembourg last week and is still in talks with other countries, a spokesperson for the German finance ministry said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Barbara Tasch in Zurich at correspondents@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Meg Shreve at mshreve@bloombergtax.com; Vandana Mathur at vmathur@bloombergtax.com

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