Dutch VAT returns

Any company registered with the Dutch tax authorities (see our Dutch VAT registration briefing) as a non-resident VAT trader must report taxable transactions through periodic filings, known as returns.




How often are Dutch VAT returns required?

In the Netherlands the standard VAT return period is quarterly.  Monthly returns are required if a business usually has to pay more than EUR15,000 in VAT per quarter. In addition, monthly returns may be required if a business is often late with VAT payments. Resident businesses which are liable for less than EUR1,883 a year and have an intra-Community supply and acquisition value of less than EUR10,000 are required to file annually.

What Dutch VAT can be deducted?

Companies can offset sales or output VAT declared in the Dutch VAT return with the corresponding input or purchase VAT. There are some exceptions, including:

  • Certain staff benefits (sports and recreation facilities, accommodation, transport for personal use, provision of food and drink)
  • Catering and Restaurants

What are the deadlines for filing Dutch VAT returns?

Any Dutch monthly or quarterly VAT filing is due on the last day of the month following the period end. For companies filing an annual VAT return the deadline is 31st March of the following year. Foreign businesses may submit their tax return up to 8 weeks after the end of the relevant tax period.

Any Dutch VAT due must be paid in EUR by the same deadlines that apply to VAT return filings. Payment can be made electronically.

Where are Dutch VAT returns filed?

In the Netherlands, foreign businesses have been required to submit VAT returns electronically since January 2014.  This is done through the Tax Department’s website http://www.belastingdienst.nl

Dutch VAT penalties

If there are misdeclarations or late fillings of Netherlands VAT returns, foreign companies may be subject to penalties of up to EUR4,920. Interest is charged on any VAT due. The rate is reviewed by the Tax Department twice yearly. It is currently set at 4% per annum.

There is no statute of limitations for Dutch VAT; however recovery of VAT by the Dutch tax authorities is limited to a period of five years after the time when the company was first required to pay VAT.

How are Dutch VAT credits recovered?

If there is a surplus of VAT inputs over outputs (more VAT incurred than charged), then a Dutch VAT credit arises.  In theory, this is due back to the VAT registered business.  Excess input VAT can be reclaimed when filing a VAT return.  Claims should be made within 5 years of the relevant VAT period.

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.