VAT in the Netherlands

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The principal VAT regulations in the Netherlands are encapsulated in the Value Added Tax Act of 1968 (Wet op de omzetbelasting 1968), commonly referred to as the “VAT Act,” along with various decrees detailing exclusions and additional directives that integrate the EU VAT directive into Dutch law.

VAT has been standardized among EU member states, including the Netherlands, where it functions as a broad-based consumption tax upholding fiscal neutrality. In alignment with these guidelines, each country adopts its own set of exemptions and VAT rates to fit its specific needs.

Everything you need to know about VAT registration, returns, Tax Representation (if applicable), and your legal duties in the Netherlands is conveniently located right here!

VAT guide The Netherlands information

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Scope of Taxation

VAT is applied to these transactions:

  • The supply of goods or services within the Netherlands by a taxable person.
  • The acquisition of goods by a taxable person from another EU Member State, known as intra-Community acquisition.
  • The import of goods from outside the EU, irrespective of the status of the importer.

Entities subject to VAT include:

  • Independent economic actors engaged in business activities.
  • Non-commercial organizations, including public bodies, when they engage in activities of a commercial nature.

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The Netherlands –  General VAT information


Tax Authority Dutch Ministry of Finance
VAT in local language Belasting toegevoegde waarde
Currency € Euro
VAT number format


VAT rates


Standard 21%; Reduced 9%
Zero-rated (0%) and exempt
Established EUR 25.000
Non-established None
Intra-Community acquisitions EUR 12.500
Intra-EU Distance sales and electronically supplied services to consumers (OSS) EUR 10.000
Recovery of VAT by non-established businesses Yes
VAT Group Allowed but optional under the Dutch VAT Act.
Voluntary Registration Not applicable. The VAT system in the country operates under a mandatory registration regime.
Compliance Returns and Deadlines
VAT Return End of the month & quarter following the end of the filing period
Frequency Monthly and Quarterly
European Sales Listing End of the month & quarter following the end of the filing period
Intrastat 10th day following the end of the filing period
Annual Return 31st of March of the following year
Electronic Invoicing It is authorized in Netherlands. Nevertheless, it is compulsory for B2G transactions.


Last Updated:09/11/2023


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