Netherlands VAT

The Netherlands brought in its Value Added Tax (VAT) regime in 1968.  It harmonised this system with the rest of the European Union (EU) in 1979.  It is administered by the Dutch Revenue, and is based on the original Dutch VAT law with subsequent administrative decisions and rulings.

Any non-resident trader supplying goods in the Netherlands may face the obligation to Dutch VAT register, comply with the local laws, complete Dutch returns, Intrastat and other declarations.  There is however a common use of the reverse charge simplification rule, and import goods VAT deferment schemes.


Should you register for Dutch VAT?

There are a number of trading situations which typically require a foreign business to register with the Dutch tax authorities.  These follow the broad EU VAT rules, and include:

  • Importing into the EU through the Netherlands, although there are some limited liability fiscal representation schemes which can be used instead
  • Buying and selling goods in Netherlands if the customer is not Dutch VAT registered (if they are, then reverse charge applies, and no registration is required).
  • Holding goods in consignment in the Netherlands – special licenses may be used instead.
  • Selling goods on the internet to Dutch private individuals
  • Holding live exhibitions, events or training in Netherlands.
  • If a company is otherwise a non-VAT trader, but is receiving services in Netherlands under the reverse charge rule.
  • The self supply of goods.

There is a very limited requirement to VAT register non-resident companies if they are providing services.  This follows the 2010 VAT Package simplification.

Note that providers of electronic, broadcast or telecoms services to consumers in the Netherlands only have to VAT register in one EU country under the MOSS scheme to file a single return covering all 28 member states.

If you do need to VAT register, read our Dutch VAT registration briefing to understand the requirements, including any VAT registration thresholds that may apply.

There may be further exemptions from the requirement to VAT register in the Netherlands that you should consider.  Please read our Dutch VAT Reverse Charge briefing.


Latest Dutch news

Netherlands cuts e-book VAT 2020

February 06, 2019

The Netherlands has confirmed that it will harmonise its VAT on electronic books and journals to the reduced 9% VAT rate from 1 January 2020.

EU VAT and tax veto review

January 25, 2019

The European Commission (EC) has proposed switching from unanimous to majority voting on EU VAT and other tax policies.  The aim is to progress fiscal reforms which face immovable opposition from just a limited number of member states. 

EU implements VAT generalised reverse charge

January 09, 2019

The EU VAT Directive has been updated from 1 January 2019 to introduce a voluntary generalised reverse charge measure on domestic transactions in member states.