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Netherlands withdraws reduced VAT on repairs of housing

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  • 08 April 2015 | Richard Asquith

Netherlands withdraws reduced VAT on repairs of housing

The Dutch Ministry of Finance is to recategorise the renovation or repair of housing from 1 July 2015 from the reduced Dutch VAT rate of 6% to the standard VAT rate of 21%.

This tax break, only available to building over 2 years old was introduced at the height of the financial crisis in 2009 to help the construction industry cope with a collapse in house building and development. The Netherlands suffered once of the worst property value crashes in Europe, including a drop of over 60% in new house sales.

The reduced VAT concession on house painting & plastering will remain in place at 6%.


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.