The Dutch government aims to create an attractive environment and welcomes knowledge workers and talent from abroad. The Netherlands is on the international list of most attractive countries to do business with. However, administrative hurdles and bureaucracy need to be targeted to make access to our country a reality.
If you live in the Netherlands you are required to pay taxes when you earn money.
The Dutch tax office (called Belastingdienst) collects through various different ways taxes for example Payroll tax and VAT.
You should file the annual income tax return to the Dutch tax office is from 1 March until 30 April. In the page Dutch Tax System we provide more details.
Foreign employees hired by a Dutch employer can be entitled to the so called 30% tax ruling. This means that 30% of the gross income is being paid without any taxes withheld on that part. This is results in a much higher nett spendable income.
The application for the 30% rule must be made within 4 months after starting in the job. If the application is made after the four months period the ruling can only be granted from the next month after the application. This longer period is then deducted from the maximum period of 8 years. Read more in 30 percent tax rule section.
Yes, you are subjected to pay tax on your income when you live in the Netherlands. Some of your expenditures may be tax-deductible.
For tax purposes, income is divided into three categories (known as boxes).
Read more in our section Income Tax.
Ask any Dutch tax payer they will probably answer this question with a big YES. However, the Netherlands is not in the Top 10 Countries with the Highest Personal Income Tax Rates, Highest Corporate Taxes and Highest Sales Taxes. They are not very far behind though.
When you live in the Netherlands but work abroad a part of the year, the 183-day rule helps you from paying taxes on your salary in two countries and it also determines in what country your salary should get taxed. Read more in the section 183 day rule.