The Netherlands: Pension retirement age changes from 67 to 68

The Netherlands: Pension retirement age changes from 67 to 68 Effective January 1, 2018, the retirement age for occupational retirement plans in the Netherlands increases from age 67 to 68. Depending on their current benefit designs, the new retirement age may result in some plans exceeding the maximum level of tax-qualified benefit accrual, unless action is taken before 2018 to avoid this outcome.

Defined Contribution Plans (DC)

For defined contribution (DC) plans contribution rates, as a percentage of covered earnings, are being adjusted from January 1, 2018. These announced rates are preliminary but are not expected to change. Following are the maximum tax-qualified rates, based on a 3% annual interest assumption:

Age

Maximum contribution

employee

of pensionbase 3% interest

20-24

7,70%

25-29

8,90%

30-34

10,30%

35-39

12,00%

40-44

13,90%

45-49

16,20%

50-54

18,90%

55-59

22,30%

60-64

26,40%

65-68

30,50%

Defined Benefit Plans (DB)

The statutory maximum annual benefit accrual percentages for defined benefit (DB) plans will remain unchanged, but as a result of the retirement age change they will be linked with higher retirement ages. The retirement ages and corresponding DB maximum accrual rates, effective January 1, 2018, are as follows:

Retirement

Maximum accrual rate

Maximum accrual rate

age

Career average pay DB Plan

Final pay DB Plan

68

1,88%

1,66%

67

1,74%

1,54%

66

1,61%

1,43%

64

1,50%

1,33%

Consent of Work Council and Employees

The increase in retirement age is a call for action for employers, as retirement plans are part of the Employment Conditions. Any changes in these schemes (including mandatory legislative changes) should therefore be discussed with the Works Council and Employees.

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