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Netherlands pilot pre-completed VAT returns

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  • 16 September 2018 | Richard Asquith

Netherlands pilot pre-completed VAT returns

The Netherlands is running a pilot scheme to accept small entrepreneurs’ financial transactions online, and provide a completed draft VAT return for them to approve. The scheme has been running under the control of the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration for self-employed professionals. The first wave of filed returns have been judged a success and the pilot may be extended.

The process is based around approved online accounting software, which helps reduce errors, transpositions and miscalculations. The program, Bookkeeping, Tax Declaration and Payment in One', prepares draft returns, whilst tax payers may submit any VAT due to the tax authorities via iDeal portal.

'The first results of the test are promising', says Wessel van Ee, project manager at the Tax Authorities. 'Pilot participants indicated that they consider the integration of accounting, declaration and payment to be clear, clear and user-friendly.’

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VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.