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Mortgage Netherlands expats

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MFFA Belastingadvies | Tax Advice

Mortgage Netherlands expats

The Netherlands is the only country in Europe where people can deduct the paid interest of a mortgage on their house. This facility is also applicable for foreigners who come to work here in the Netherlands. In order to deduct the Dutch mortgage interest, the most important condition is that the real estate is the main residence.

Renting or buying in the Netherlands

Perhaps you are now renting a house in Amsterdam. As you know the rent prices are very high in Amsterdam. Therefore, it is penny wise foolish not buying a house in Amsterdam. If you buy a house you can lower your monthly costs a lot. Besides, you can have the mortgage deduction which is a subsidy from the Dutch government for house owners. We always ask our clients how they would like to stay in Amsterdam. If this is longer than 5 years, then we advice to buy a house in Amsterdam. Besides, it is buyer market at the moment so you can negotiate very good (at least 10%). Consequently, if you want to leave the Netherlands, it is always easy to rent it out or sell it again.


Mortgage Netherlands – Expats buying a house

If you buy as an expat real estate here in the Netherlands, the interest paid on this mortgage,(including financing the purchase or the improvement of the house) is fully deductible from your income. The house must be used as your main residence. Expenses related to the conclusion of the mortgage are also deductible, such as:

  • Costs charged by the bank (afsluitprovisie)
  • Costs of the notary for registering the mortgage (not the purchase of the property itself) including the VAT
  • Costs of valuation
  • Other costs related to the mortgage

30% ruling and a Dutch mortgage

If you have the 30% tax ruling you can also claim these deductions. We note this because of the 30% tax ruling your taxable income is taxed at a lower rate leading to a lower deduction. However, the normal rates still apply.

As described above the mortgage interest is fully deductible. However, you must pay tax on the so called “deemed rental value” (eigenwoningforfait) which is based on the WOZ value of the property. Compared to the deduction of mortgage interest, this is in most cases a relatively low amount, namely approximately 0,8% of the WOZ value. The value is estimated every year by your municipality by sending you a statement. The WOZ value is also mentioned on the local property tax assessments.


Leaving the Netherlands

In case you decide to leave the Netherlands you can sell your real estate. The profit realized on it is not taxable here in the Netherlands. It is also possible to keep the real estate and rent it out. In that case you will remain taxable with respect to the Dutch real estate as a non-resident taxpayer. Since, the real estate is no longer your main residence, it will become taxable in box 3. As a result, that the mortgage deduction is no longer possible. The net value of the real estate will be subject to e deemed return levy, which is a tax of 1,2% of the net value of the house. On the other hand, the rental income is not taxable in box 3.

We note that as from January 2013, new law regarding the mortgage deduction is introduced. The mortgage interest deductions remains deductible but from this date new loans must fully paid back within the maximum of 30 years. Furthermore, the repayment of the mortgage must be done at least according to an annuity scheme, in order to be eligible for the interest deduction.

Would you like more information about the Dutch Mortgage Deduction?

Please contact us with the contact form or call +31 (0)85 00 30140.
You can also see more information on the website of funda for a Dutch house.

Specialist in: Expats | International Companies , MFFA Belastingadvies | Tax Advice
Jeroen Mijlof graduated in economics and tax law at the University of Groningen. He has + 15 years’ experience in National and International Tax Law for both individuals and companies. Before MFFA he worked at the Dutch tax authorities, KPMG Meijburg and RSM International Tax Services .