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VAT in Netherlands

August 19, 2011, 9:46 pm

1. What is the VAT in Netherlands?

Value Added Tax in Netherlands applies to all goods and services, together with imports of goods from outside EU. The standard rate of VAT in Netherlands is 19%. A reduced rate of 6% applies for certain goods and services such as food, books, medicines, books and magazines, passenger transport, accommodation. A 0% rate applies to exports and intra-community supplies. Some services, such as financial and medical are exempt from VAT.

2. How can I get a VAT refund in Netherlands?

The VAT can be recovered in Netherlands by submitting an application to the Dutch tax authorities. The application must be signed by the business owner and must contain the original invoices. The form should concern a minimum period of three months and a maximum period of one calendar year. The request can be filed once a quarter, once a half year or once a year. The minimum tax amount to be refunded should be at least 200 euros for a three month period, and 25 euros for a calendar year. The Tax and Customs Administration usually sends the refund within 6 months since the day the application was sent, in case the refund has been agreed. However, not all VAT is refundable. It is the case of meals and drinks for which VAT is not refundable.

3. How can I register for VAT in Netherlands?

If the company intends to supply goods or services to Dutch clients, then it is subject to VAT and as a consequence, it should be registered in the Dutch system of Value Added Tax. This system functions with same regulations as all member states of EU, which means the principles and structure of the tax are basically the same. In order to register for VAT foreign traders must apply for registration to the Tax Authority from which they will receive a questionnaire that needs to be completed. Along with this form, the registration certificate and articles of association must be provided. Issuance of the registration number may be completed in over three weeks.

4. How does intra-community VAT work in Netherlands?

When you import goods from a supplier in another EU member state, the Dutch VAT will apply. For supply of goods to individuals or companies in other EU member states, intra-community supplies are subject to a zero-rated VAT. However, some requirements have to be met, for instance the Dutch invoice new system. The customer’s VAT number has to be mentioned on the invoice, together with your VAT number, the date, a sequential number, full names and addresses, description and quantity of goods supplied, the applicable VAT rate and identification of exempt supplies or supplies where the customer has to pay the VAT.

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