VAT in the Netherlands

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The Main Dutch VAT legislation is found in the Value added Tax Act of 1968 (Wet op de omzetbelasting 1968) (the “VAT Act”) as well as the decree of exclusions and other various decrees which transpose the EU VAT directive into Law.

VAT tax has been Harmonized across EU member states including the Netherlands. VAT tax is a general consumption tax which preserves fiscal neutrality. To these directions each country applies exemptions and VAT rates according to its requirements.

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 charged on the following types of transactions:


  • A taxable person’s provision of goods or services in the Netherlands.
  • A taxable person’s intra-Community procurement of goods from another EU Member State.
  • The importation of items from outside the EU, regardless of the importer’s status.

Taxable entities include:


  • Independent entities who carry out economic activity.
  • Non-commercial entities such as public bodies carry out an economic activity of commercial value.

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The Netherlands –  General VAT information


National Legislation Dutch Ministry of Finance
VAT in local language Belasting toegevoegde waarde
VAT number format


VAT rates


Standard 21%; Reduced 9%
Zero-rated (0%) and exempt
Frequency monthly, and quarterly
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
Compliance Returns and Deadlines
VAT Return End of the month & quarter following the end of the filing period
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



Last Updated: 13/04/2022


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