A majority of the Dutch Parliament has backed a motion for the current King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, his mother Beatrix and Crown Princess Amalia, as well as their partners, to pay taxes on the income they receive from the state, ending a constitutional exemption. .
The motion received 90 votes in favor (out of a total of 150 deputies), with the support of the left-liberal D66 (one of the four coalition parties in the Dutch government), the social democrats PvdA, the green left GroenLinks and the far-right PVV. , among others.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte's Liberals (VVD) voted against the proposal.
The motion requires the Government to prepare a constitutional amendment to introduce this change in article 40 of the Magna Carta, which includes the tax exemption currently in force and which applies to the former Queen Beatrix, William Alexander and the heiress of the throne, Amalia, as well as their respective partners.
In the case of the king, this year it is an amount of 1,007,000 euros in salary, which he receives in a net transfer, but if he had to pay social security contributions and income tax on his allowance, then I would have 489,000 euros less.
Although the deputies have voted in favor of this motion, amending the Constitution is a rather complicated and long process, which requires new debates and votes in the Parliament and the Senate, on two occasions, with a mid-term general election, and the second vote must support the proposal with a two-thirds majority.
In the general budget for 2023, the king's total allocation will increase by €276,000 to €6.4 million a year, a rise that has drawn criticism from many parties, especially as many citizens face financial difficulties due to the inflation and high energy prices.
The king said during the state visit to Sweden last week that he has "no influence" on the increase in the benefit. Furthermore, he did not want to answer substantive questions about the indignation about the total of 464,000 euros that he, Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix have extra to spend next year.