VAT IN THE NETHERLANDS

When starting a business in the Netherlands, or supplying your goods or services to Dutch customers, you will be faced with the Dutch ‘Value Added Tax’, known as VAT and BTW in Dutch. As a new business in the Netherlands, you must register for VAT purposes. VAT is based upon EU directives, which means that the principles and structure of the tax is the same for all EU countries.

The VAT is known as a general consumption tax and is applied to basically all goods and services in the Netherlands. Essentially the VAT is a so-called consumer tax, but it is to be charged to each invoice issued and received by your company.

VAT Rate

There are three different rates of VAT; 0%, 6% (9% starting from 2019) and 21%. There is a very extensive list of goods and services for the different categories. Below, we listed the most common ones:

0% rate applies to:

  • International public transportation;
  • Export of goods;
  • Import of goods.

6% rate (9% starting from 2019) applies to:

  • Services for bike repairs;
  • Services of hairdressers;
  • Public transportation;
  • Taxi rides;
  • Food;
  • Water;
  • Books.

The 21% rate applies to:

  • Any other service or sold goods.

VAT exemption

Some services are exempt of VAT. For instance, the services of composers, writers and journalists.

VAT Transfer regulations

In case you render consultancy and advisory services to clients located outside the Netherlands, special rules may be applicable. In case you render services to a company located outside the EU/EER, no VAT is due. In case you render services to a company located outside the Netherlands, but inside the EU/EER, you can transfer the VAT obligation to your client.

This is only possible if your client has a VAT number in the country of residence. The client’s VAT number needs to be listed on your invoice as well. On your invoice you mention: “VAT transferred to the customer”.

For these types of services, you need to submit a separate VAT return (ICP return) in which you declare the VAT number of your client.

VAT return filing deadlines

Generally, you have to do your VAT returns quarterly. The returns have to be submitted, regardless of the amount of activities. So even in case you didn’t send out invoices yet, the return will still have to be filed. The filing deadlines are:

Q1 -> filing deadline April 30;

Q2 -> filing deadline July 31;

Q3 -> filing deadline October 31;

Q4 -> filing deadline January 31.

These deadlines are not only for filing the return, but also the payments, if due,  have to take place before this date. Missing the deadline will result in a penalty. Not only a penalty for late filing, but also a penalty for late payment. It is not possible to extend the deadline for filing VAT returns.

Need help declaring your income to the tax office?
Filing for VAT returns is known as a timely task and many people despise the hard work that goes into the preparation. Broadstreet is happy to assist you with preparation and filing of the VAT returns, as well as with other corporate tax related matters for entrepreneurs new to the Netherlands.

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Daniel Sokolov
Daniel Sokolov
14:41 06 Dec 18
Thank you Broadstreet!!!first I have to say that my knowledge in taxes is 0%.I'm checked a lot before I find a Broadstreet team and I'm really glad.they are professional helpful and helped me step by step with everything what I ask for.Thanks again to everyone
Dehlia Kruger
Dehlia Kruger
14:08 01 Sep 18
We are extremely happy and satisfied with the service we received from Broadstreet, Elisabeth Bouwer in particular. Financial information was accurate to the cent, and every promise given was kept. Highly recommended!
Susie Breuer
Susie Breuer
15:33 30 Aug 18
I have used Broadstreet for around 10 years for tax purposes within Holland. I found them knowledgable, responsive and very professional. I would highly recommend them as an expat tax service.
Benedict Carey
Benedict Carey
13:43 06 Nov 17
Having been bounced around a few tax advisors and almost got my self in hot water by being told the wrong thing, I got a recommendation from another person who had a similar business structure to me. The Broadstreet advisor was efficient and thorough and provided a comprehensive and understandable summary of how to deal with my situation. Relocating between regimes with complex tax laws is never going to be straightforward, at least these guys do put the effort in ... beware of others who will make a suggestion and then disappear when it goes haywire!
marco lirio diaz
marco lirio diaz
09:41 24 Jun 17
Great services,thorough and real professionals. As an expat I highly recommend Broadstreet. I had some issues with my tax and they manage to solved the problem avoiding a penalty fee. If you don't want to worry about the complex Dutch Tax, I recommend to leave it on their hands to be sort it for you.
Deny George
Deny George
18:08 19 Dec 19
Fantastic service and professional advice in really fast time manner. My advisor was Anne and she did excellent on explaining how the tax system works in my case what to do and how to manage to get around as Expat worker who just moved to Netherlands. Absolutely recommended!
Dimitrios Vlachopoulos
Dimitrios Vlachopoulos
22:25 19 Dec 19
Excellent experience with the creation of my BV, as well as 30% ruling. I enjoy working with Elisabeth, who is very responsive and efficient
Nestor Leal
Nestor Leal
09:03 12 Nov 19
Broadstreet has been a true partner in all my business affairs in the Netherlands. They provide honest, accurate and useful advise in tax, payroll and accounting matters.They will help your business thrive. ;-D
Ari S
Ari S
14:22 04 Dec 19
Absolutely HORRIBLE firm. Rude people and totally unknowledgeable. It took another firm a year to fix all the issues/mistakes Broadstreet made on my taxes and 30 application. They tried to charge me additional fees to fix their mistakes.DO NOT RECOMMEND AVOID AT ALL COSTS
James Mckerrow
James Mckerrow
08:38 29 Jul 19
This firm is Absolutely Excellent! Consultancy and Execution is 1st rate - probably the best ever experience that I have had with a Dutch company!
Deny George
Deny George
18:08 19 Dec 19
Fantastic service and professional advice in really fast time manner. My advisor was Anne and she did excellent on explaining how the tax system works in my case what to do and how to manage to get around as Expat worker who just moved to Netherlands. Absolutely recommended!
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Marcio Gualtieri
18:23 08 Mar 20
As other reviewers have mentioned, transparency regarding pricing is a big issue with them... It seems like my experience was not an isolated case... They were very responsive in the beginning when trying to get me on board, after that not so much... Definitely lacking quality and professionalism. Not good value, certainly overpriced...
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Giacomo Ferrero
12:08 22 Jan 20
Top quality services provided to me last year. They were always very attentive and professional and would definitely work with them again.
Dimitrios Vlachopoulos
Dimitrios Vlachopoulos
22:25 19 Dec 19
Excellent experience with the creation of my BV, as well as 30% ruling. I enjoy working with Elisabeth, who is very responsive and efficient
Nestor Leal
Nestor Leal
09:03 12 Nov 19
Broadstreet has been a true partner in all my business affairs in the Netherlands. They provide honest, accurate and useful advise in tax, payroll and accounting matters.They will help your business thrive. ;-D
tokinembourg2 .
tokinembourg2 .
08:54 11 Mar 20
Been using Broadstreet services for many years now, for different topics such as business and private. Always responsive, good follow up. A good partner I trust for their advices too. I'd like to add business relationship comes down to human relationship. A big plus to Elizabeth Bouwer for her support who is always helping me. Highly recommended.
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Sarah Qabbani
11:35 12 Mar 20
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Caroline Villamizar Duque
Caroline Villamizar Duque
17:40 12 Mar 20
I have had a good experience setting up a BV as an expat recently arrived here. Their advice was solid and they have introduced me to other suppliers including a notary and an immigration lawyer who have been very useful and professional, with all working well as a team. They are also really fast at responding which I have realised is not the norm here. Would recommend.
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Caroline Villamizar Duque
Caroline Villamizar Duque
17:40 12 Mar 20
I have had a good experience setting up a BV as an expat recently arrived here. Their advice was solid and they have introduced me to other suppliers including a notary and an immigration lawyer who have been very useful and professional, with all working well as a team. They are also really fast at responding which I have realised is not the norm here. Would recommend.
Sarah Qabbani
Sarah Qabbani
11:35 12 Mar 20
I had a great experience dealing with Broadstreet. Everyone I spoke to were super nice and helpful. They were patient with me gathering so many documents for my application and they made sure my application was complete for better chances of getting the 30% ruling. I highly recommend their services.
tokinembourg2 .
tokinembourg2 .
08:54 11 Mar 20
Been using Broadstreet services for many years now, for different topics such as business and private. Always responsive, good follow up. A good partner I trust for their advices too. I'd like to add business relationship comes down to human relationship. A big plus to Elizabeth Bouwer for her support who is always helping me. Highly recommended.
Marcio Gualtieri
Marcio Gualtieri
18:23 08 Mar 20
As other reviewers have mentioned, transparency regarding pricing is a big issue with them... It seems like my experience was not an isolated case... They were very responsive in the beginning when trying to get me on board, after that not so much... Definitely lacking quality and professionalism. Not good value, certainly overpriced...
Giacomo Ferrero
Giacomo Ferrero
12:08 22 Jan 20
Top quality services provided to me last year. They were always very attentive and professional and would definitely work with them again.
Dimitrios Vlachopoulos
Dimitrios Vlachopoulos
22:25 19 Dec 19
Excellent experience with the creation of my BV, as well as 30% ruling. I enjoy working with Elisabeth, who is very responsive and efficient
Dimitrios Vlachopoulos
Dimitrios Vlachopoulos
22:25 19 Dec 19
Excellent experience with the creation of my BV, as well as 30% ruling. I enjoy working with Elisabeth, who is very responsive and efficient
Deny George
Deny George
18:08 19 Dec 19
Fantastic service and professional advice in really fast time manner. My advisor was Anne and she did excellent on explaining how the tax system works in my case what to do and how to manage to get around as Expat worker who just moved to Netherlands. Absolutely recommended!
Deny George
Deny George
18:08 19 Dec 19
Fantastic service and professional advice in really fast time manner. My advisor was Anne and she did excellent on explaining how the tax system works in my case what to do and how to manage to get around as Expat worker who just moved to Netherlands. Absolutely recommended!
Ari S
Ari S
14:22 04 Dec 19
Absolutely HORRIBLE firm. Rude people and totally unknowledgeable. It took another firm a year to fix all the issues/mistakes Broadstreet made on my taxes and 30 application. They tried to charge me additional fees to fix their mistakes.DO NOT RECOMMEND AVOID AT ALL COSTS
Nestor Leal
Nestor Leal
09:03 12 Nov 19
Broadstreet has been a true partner in all my business affairs in the Netherlands. They provide honest, accurate and useful advise in tax, payroll and accounting matters.They will help your business thrive. ;-D
Nestor Leal
Nestor Leal
09:03 12 Nov 19
Broadstreet has been a true partner in all my business affairs in the Netherlands. They provide honest, accurate and useful advise in tax, payroll and accounting matters.They will help your business thrive. ;-D
James Mckerrow
James Mckerrow
08:38 29 Jul 19
This firm is Absolutely Excellent! Consultancy and Execution is 1st rate - probably the best ever experience that I have had with a Dutch company!
Daniel Sokolov
Daniel Sokolov
14:41 06 Dec 18
Thank you Broadstreet!!!first I have to say that my knowledge in taxes is 0%.I'm checked a lot before I find a Broadstreet team and I'm really glad.they are professional helpful and helped me step by step with everything what I ask for.Thanks again to everyone
Dehlia Kruger
Dehlia Kruger
14:08 01 Sep 18
We are extremely happy and satisfied with the service we received from Broadstreet, Elisabeth Bouwer in particular. Financial information was accurate to the cent, and every promise given was kept. Highly recommended!
Susie Breuer
Susie Breuer
15:33 30 Aug 18
I have used Broadstreet for around 10 years for tax purposes within Holland. I found them knowledgable, responsive and very professional. I would highly recommend them as an expat tax service.
Benedict Carey
Benedict Carey
13:43 06 Nov 17
Having been bounced around a few tax advisors and almost got my self in hot water by being told the wrong thing, I got a recommendation from another person who had a similar business structure to me. The Broadstreet advisor was efficient and thorough and provided a comprehensive and understandable summary of how to deal with my situation. Relocating between regimes with complex tax laws is never going to be straightforward, at least these guys do put the effort in ... beware of others who will make a suggestion and then disappear when it goes haywire!
marco lirio diaz
marco lirio diaz
09:41 24 Jun 17
Great services,thorough and real professionals. As an expat I highly recommend Broadstreet. I had some issues with my tax and they manage to solved the problem avoiding a penalty fee. If you don't want to worry about the complex Dutch Tax, I recommend to leave it on their hands to be sort it for you.
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