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Netherlands reduced VAT rise to 9%

  • Oct 9, 2017 | Richard Asquith

Netherlands reduced VAT rise to 9%

The new Dutch government has proposed increasing the reduced VAT rate from 6% to 9%.  The reduced VAT rate applies to basic foodstuffs, books, hair dresser services, swimming pool entrance, medicines, art, antiques, entry to museums, zoos, theatres and sports and a variety of other services. The likely implementation date is 1 January 2019.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government is putting forward the proposal as a ‘social level tax’. The VAT rise will help fund a simplification of the income tax brackets – from four to two.

The Dutch standard VAT rate of 21% will remain unchanged.

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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 can be contacted at: He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.