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VAT Return Netherlands

Do you wish to maximize your VAT refund or would you like VAT advice on to how to avoid VAT problems such as incorrect VAT assessments and penalties?

MFFA Belastingadvies | Tax Advice

VAT return Netherlands

Filing a VAT return in the Netherlands can be quite complicated especially when you do business internationally. MFFA Tax Advice is a VAT outsourcing bureau providing VAT services to all types of businesses. We ensure that you fully use your option under the existing VAT legislation in the Netherlands and avoid letting you run any unnecessary risks with regards to the Dutch VAT return obligations.

Which companies can we help with VAT return?

  • Foreign companies having a legal entity/branch/permanent establishment in the Netherlands
  • Foreign companies with no establishment in the Netherlands
  • Foreign companies who want to claim back VAT in the Netherlands / foreign paid VAT
  • Foreign companies importing goods through the harbour of Rotterdam
  • Holding companies with VAT obligations

VAT refund in Netherlands – Frequently asked questions

With respect to the VAT refund in the Netherlands we receive frequently asked questions, such as:


What VAT compliance services does MFFA Tax Advice provide to companies?

MFFA Tax advice offers the following Dutch VAT compliance services for national and international companies:

  • Preparation and filing of Dutch periodical VAT tax returns
  • Preparation and filing of the European Sales List (ESL) and Intrastat returns
  • Review self-prepared (by client) VAT tax returns
  • Reclaiming Dutch paid VAT / foreign paid VAT
  • Submit VAT refunds requests within the EU, but outside the Netherlands
  • Filing objection against incorrect VAT assessments and conducting VAT appeal procedures

What is the Netherlands VAT return due date?

Many Dutch companies submit and file the VAT returns on a quarterly basis. There is a possibility to submit it also every month or annual. For this you need to request the Dutch tax authorities by sending them a letter.

What is the final payment date of the VAT tax?

  • Monthly VAT returns are due two months after the ending of the concerning month. For example, the VAT return of November 2021 must be filed before December 31, 2021.
  • Quarterly VAT returns are due two months after the ending of the concerning month. For example, the VAT return of the first quarter of 2021 needs to be filed before April 30, 2021.
  • Annual VAT returns are due three months after the ending of the fiscal year. For example, the VAT return of 2021 must be filed before the April 1, 2022.

What are the VAT invoice requirements in the Netherlands?

If clients are invoiced, certain invoice requirements must be met. The invoice must contain the date of issue, invoice number, full name and address of you and the client, description of the provided goods/service, Netherlands VAT rate, the amount, chamber of commerce number. In EU situations the EU-VAT number of you and the client abroad must be stated on it.

 Cross border transactions

In case you face cross-border transactions within the EU or non-EU you will face different invoice requirements, you can contact us for more info.


How to apply for the “article 23 VAT”?

Non-EU companies wishing to import goods in the Netherlands can apply for article 23 VAT. If the article 23 license VAT is granted by the Dutch tax authorities, the importer has a deferral in paying Dutch VAT from the date of import to the date it files the periodic VAT return. What happens is that VAT chargeable from the import is deducted also in the same periodic VAT return.

Please click here for our brochure about article 23 VAT Netherlands.


What does a Dutch VAT return look like?

For those companies who want to do business in the Netherlands, we have made an example how a Dutch VAT tax return looks like. Please click here.

More information about VAT return in the Netherlands?

Do you wish to maximize your VAT refund? Or would you like VAT advice on to how to avoid VAT problems such as incorrect VAT assessments and penalties? Please feel free to contact us through the contact form. You can also call us from within The Netherlands at  (0)85 0030140 or call us from abroad at  +31 (0)20 2615615.

Please also visit the English website of the Dutch tax authorities with respect to VAT in the Netherlands.

See also our overview of Netherlands VAT explained.


Do you have any questions or do you want to know more about our prices?

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From abroad: +31 20 2615615

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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 .