Besides living in the cycling paradise the Dutch prefer to pay as little taxes as possible, like anywhere else in the world. The Dutch government introduced laws for companies to avoid paying taxes and rather spend their hard earned money on providing bicycle facilities to their employees.
1. Reimbursement for cycling to work: Tax free reimbursement of € 0,19 per kilometre for cycling to work. The tax free part is equal to the reimbursement when an employee travels by car.
2. Reimbursement to facilitate work: Employers may provide up to 2,5 % of the salary costs per annum in tax free equipment for personnel to do your work. Bicycles are included.
3. Partial reimbursement for purchasing a bicycle to cycle to work. If the 2,5% tax free space is insufficient partial reimbursement of the purchase costs is an option too.
4. Tax free and interest free loan: employers may provide personnel with a tax free and interest free loan to buy a bike for cycling to work. The loan can be paid back from the millage reimbursement.
5. Lease a bike: Just like cars companies can lease bikes for their employee’s to travel to work. Especially interesting for those who cycle longer distances. The development of mobile bike repair services facilitates this idea.
6. Company bike: instead of providing a company car employers can provide a company bike, allowing the employee to cycle home on its company bike and back to work again.