Invoicing in The Netherlands

Dutch invoicing requirements

To reclaim input tax credit, Dutch businesses must generate a VAT invoice. Taxable entities are obligated to issue a VAT invoice for each provision of goods or services to other VAT-registered parties. The supplier or a designated representative, and occasionally the recipient, may issue these invoices, depending on the supply circumstances.

Learn more about Invoice requirements in the Netherlands in our comprehensive guide.

VAT guide The Netherlands information

Full VAT invoice

For regular transactions, an invoice should be issued no later than the 15th day of the month following the one in which the supply occurred.

Full VAT invoice
  • Date of issue.
  • Unique sequential number identifying the invoice.
  • Customer’s VAT identification number (if the customer is liable for the tax on the transaction).
  • Supplier’s full name & address.
  • Customer’s full name & address.
  • Description of quantity & type of goods supplied or type & extent of services rendered.
  • Date of transaction or payment (if different from invoice date).
  • The VAT rate applied.
  • VAT amount payable.
  • Breakdown of VAT amount payable by VAT rate or exemption.
  • The Unit price of goods or services – exclusive of tax, discounts, or rebates (unless included in the unit price).

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Simplified Invoicing

A Simplified invoice must contain:
  • Date of issue.
  • Supplier’s VAT identification number.
  • Type of goods or services supplied.
  • VAT amount payable – or the information needed to calculate it.
  • A specific and unique reference to the original invoice and details that are changed (on a credit note, debit note, or any other document treated as an invoice).


A simplified VAT invoice can be used when the total amount of the invoice is 100 euros or less. Additionally, a modified invoice that explicitly refers to the original invoice may also be issued in a simplified format for VAT purposes.


Electronic Invoicing

In the Netherlands, the use of electronic invoices is authorized by Article 35b of the Dutch VAT Act. However, for business-to-government (B2G) transactions, electronic invoicing is compulsory under the Procurement Act of 2012.

For public entities, electronic invoices can be transmitted through various channels such as the PEPPOL network, third-party invoicing providers, Digipoort, or the Dutch government’s Logius platform. As for other recipients, electronic invoices can be sent using any practical method, and no validation or reporting criteria need to be met. Date of issue.

Supplier’s VAT identification number. Type of goods or services supplied.


Last Updated: 10/11/2023


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