The Dutch Annual Tax Return is Here! 

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As the flowers begin to bloom and the sun makes it’s appearance, there’s one task that marks the arrival of spring in the Netherlands – filing your tax return. Don’t worry, it is not that complicated! Compared to other countries, the Dutch government has made it quite simple and everything can easily be done digitally. GP-Connect will help you with the first steps towards properly filing your Dutch taxes. 

From 1st of March 2024, Belastingdienst (Dutch tax office) is open for 2023 fillings. You  should aim to file your taxes by 1st of May 2024. You can still file the taxes until the date on your tax demand or July 14, but the safest times to file your taxes are still between 1st of March and 1st of May.    

Crunching the Numbers 

Now, let’s talk percentages. There aren’t any radical changes for 2023! The basic tax on income took a tiny dip to 36.93%, and for those earning over €73,031 remains at 49.5%. If you’ve got a sweet home, it falls under “Box 1” income, with a tax ranging from 0.35% to 2.35%, depending on its value.  

 

Expats Who Just Landed in 2023 

If you’re a fresh face in the Netherlands and arrived during 2023, you might not be obliged to do your tax return, but trust us, it’s in your best interest to file one. Your employer may have deducted taxes as if you’ve been earning for the entire year, and hey, who doesn’t love a refund?  

Moreover, make sure that if you’re a resident working for a foreign company, you need to report it in the Netherlands.  Declare that worldwide income, and let the dual taxation treaties do their dance. 

First Steps Towards Your Tax Return 

Ready to tackle your taxes? Here’s a quick checklist: 

1. DigiD: If you don’t have a DigiD make sure to apply for one. You can Apply for it online and get all the needed login details in approximately 1 week. The DigiD is your digital passport to the Dutch tax world. 

2. Jaaropgave: Grab your last-year overview and highlight the essentials – gross salary, tax & insurance contributions, and applicable tax credits. 

3. Visit the Belastingdienst website, there you will find the online form provided by the government which needs to be filled in. Check or  fill in your personal data and income details and then press Overzicht before sending your form to the Dutch tax office. The box next to Te betalen will specify whether you qualify for a tax return or you are obliged to pay a supplementary amount. 

4. Enter your digital signature, and a receipt will be sent to your inbox a few days later. 

A quick note: This guide assumes that you do not own a  house or other income sources. If you are, consider this your cue to seek a tax advisor for personalized guidance. 

Let’s conquer those Dutch taxes with a smile! Remember, it’s just another way of embracing the Dutch way of life – organized, efficient with smile on the face.  

Good Luck!  

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