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The following deductions are available in the 2023 Income Tax return to reduce your taxable income:

Deductions

  • mortgage interest of your first residence (owner-occupied home)
  • life annuity premiums (if deposited before 1st July 2024)
  • non-reimbursed health care expenses (including medical assistance, prescribed medication and travel expenses for hospital visits)
  • financial obligations to ex-spouse i.e. in the form of alimony
  • gifts or donations to recognized charities (refer to the ANBI list)
  • travel expenses for regular commuting by public transport
  • weekend expenses for taking care of disabled relatives

With the changes to the box 3 system it is important to keep your home in The Netherlands outside of box 3 if possible. Under certain conditions it is possible to keep the property in box 1. For 2024, the rate in box 3 will be increased from 32% to 36%.

If you live in the Netherlands, it is reasonably straightforward: if you live in your house yourself, the property is taxed in box 1. But if you leave the Netherlands, what happens then? There are a number of options.

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Sale

Many taxpayers think that they will have to sell their home if they leave the country. Of course, it is true that you will have less to worry about. You no longer have to spend money and time on maintenance, taxes and insurance.

Rental

If it is decided not to sell the house, renting it out is usually the next option. But currently this is not very favourable in view of the box 3 changes. Renting out your home has become less profitable due to the high box 3 rate. In addition, the favourable ‘leegwaarderatio’ has been considerably restricted which further reduces profitability of rental properties. This scheme allowed real estate to be declared at a lower value under certain conditions.

And the other option?

What many people do not realise is that there are often possibilities to keep the house in box 1, even after leaving The Netherlands. Even if the house is no longer your main residence. For example, as long as the house is empty and intended for sale, the house can be declared in box 1 until it is sold. However, this means the house cannot be rented out. However, you can still make use of mortgage interest deduction.

Furthermore, if you emigrate temporarily and keep the home for your own use, it can sometimes be kept in box 1. There are a number of conditions for this. For example, you must have owned the home for at least 1 year before moving out of the Netherlands. In addition, no one else may register themselves on the address (there are a number of exceptions to this). We would be happy to examine your situation to determine whether you are eligible for this scheme.

Have you moved to The Netherlands in 2023? There are a few things to consider then, tax-wise. We can help you file your taxes and claim any deductions or benefits you are entitled to. But not only on the tax-side can a Dutch tax advisor help you. A Dutch tax advisor can also help you understand the Dutch culture and language better and make your transition to the Netherlands smoother and easier. Hiring a Dutch tax advisor can save you time, money, and hassle in the long and short run. Our team has listed the most important tax-related questions and topics to consider for you.

5 reasons to hire a dutch tax advisor suurmond tax consultants

1: The M-form

Unlike the regular Dutch tax return for domestic tax situations, the deadline for the M-form is July 1st. The M-form is a tax return for migration situations. Several items in this form are declared and calculated on a pro-rata basis. The M-form is a complicated form and mistakes are often and easily made. Our specialists will be happy to file your 2023 M-form for you.

2:The 30%-ruling

This brings us to the next point: the 30%-ruling. If you are eligible for this favourable ruling, this means your net wealth remains untaxed and consequently your bank accounts, other investments and property abroad do not need to be mentioned in the tax returns for the years in which the 30%-ruling is applicable. However, there is a list of specific requirements you will have to adhere to in order to apply for the 30%-ruling.

3: Double taxation: optimising your tax position

If you have an international living or job situation it might be worth letting us have a look at your situation. There are often things that can be improved. For example, if your income is from a Dutch employer, it could also be taxed elsewhere if you work abroad. The 183-day rule may be applicable if this is the case. This rule prevents double taxation deduction and is therefore something that could be worthwhile looking into.

4: Self employed or business in the Netherlands?

Have you thought about getting help with payroll taxes, Dutch VAT returns, and the like? It can be a tiresome and lonely affair, trying to file Dutch corporate taxes and VAT returns. Not to mention keeping up with the bookkeeping. Or if you are starting a business in the Netherlands, it is essential to seek help from a Dutch tax advisor or accountant. We can assist and help you decide which business structure is the best for you. We can also help with the bookkeeping and with filing your taxes correctly and in a timely fashion.

5. Gift from abroad

Are you receiving a gift from abroad? A gift received from outside of the Netherlands might not be subject to Dutch tax regulations. In cases where the gift originates from someone who is neither a resident nor a Dutch citizen and has relocated from the Netherlands more than one year ago, there is no obligation to pay gift tax. However, when the money arrives in The Netherlands, it is important to be aware you may become liable for box 3 tax.

These are 5 reasons to look into hiring a Dutch tax advisor. This can prove to be very beneficial in the short and long term. We are happy to advise you in the best possible way. We will be glad to file your 2023 taxes. Click here for the rates, or call or drop us an e-mail to find out specifically how much we will charge in your situation.

As the new year looms on the horizon, businesses everywhere are gearing up for a fresh start in 2024. For expats who’ve made the Netherlands their new home and are venturing into entrepreneurship, finding the right tax accountant is a critical decision. Wondering why you should hire a Dutch accountant for the job? Here are four compelling reasons.

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Tip 1: Navigate Dutch Tax Laws with Ease

Complying with Dutch tax laws and regulations can be a challenge. But fear not, Suurmond Tax Consultants has got your back! We ensure your filings are not only correct but also submitted on time. We also spare you the difficulty of having to communicate in a foreign language. Of course not only the language can constitute a problem, but also having to work your way through the complicated Dutch tax system often is a hard job for a foreigner. It is easy to misinterpret the system. We will guide you through the Dutch tax system with pleasure!

Tip 2: Optimize Your Tax Strategy by a Dutch accountant

Who doesn’t want to save money? Our tax accountants help optimising your tax strategy, potentially helping you benefit from incentives like the 30% ruling. Are you thinking of starting a business in the Netherlands? Then you may be able to request the 30% ruling. This means 30% of your salary is tax free. (link naar paginaaa)  If you are eligible, then the company and payroll will need to be set up before you start working. Read here how we can help you with setting up and keeping accounts.

Tip 3: Comprehensive Support and Guidance

 Starting and keeping a business running involves a multitude of financial tasks – from bookkeeping and auditing to payroll management and annual reporting. A Dutch accountant does not only offer expertise but also moral support in managing these essential aspects. Moreover, they can guide you in financial planning, investments, pensions, insurance, and inheritance, ensuring you’re on the right financial track.

Tip 4: Simplify Your Life and Save Time

Life as an entrepreneur can be hard work, and you need all the convenience you can get. Opting for a Dutch tax accountant who communicates in English streamlines your interactions with the Dutch tax authorities. No more language barriers! Plus, it just makes life easier when you have a knowledgeable Dutch accountant at your side to navigate you through the Dutch tax system.

Suurmond TaxConsultants is all for helping you start 2024 on the right financial footing. And what better way is there with a trusted Dutch tax accountant who speaks your language and the language of saving money and simplifying your financial journey! Contact us now, before the end of the year to see how we can help you.

The 30 percent ruling – a financial gem that grants you tax-free 30 percent of your salary tax-free for five years. Dubbed the “30% tax facility,” this enticing benefit extends its reach to not just employees, but entrepreneurs as well, thanks to a clever loophole. A beacon for skilled migrants, the 30% ruling boasts magnetism and, yes, a touch of controversy.Yet, this advantage isn’t an open door for every expat in the Netherlands; it rests upon a checklist of conditions.

Click here if you want to see if these conditions apply to you. But today we won’t inform you about this favourable ruling or check if you are eligable or not. If you are looking for these topics, please check out our article here! No, today we want to talk about the end of the 30 ruling. It is a big turn of events for an expat to bid farewell to the 30% ruling.

Without the 30% ruling, you can no longer opt to be considered as a partial non-domestic taxpayer. In other words, you will be treated as a full resident tax payer and you will need to be declaring foreign assets in your Dutch tax return.

Declaring foreign assets Netherlands

So if you own a second home, shares, bank accounts cryptocurrencies, NFTs, or investments, they will need to be declared in box 3. If the total sum surpasses the tax-free threshold (€50,650 per person in 2022), you will need to declare them in your annual income tax return under Box 3. Conversely, you can offset debts like a student loan or secondary home mortgage. Moreover, after your 30% ruling has ended, dividend from a major shareholdership is taxable under Box 2.

What actually is box 3 ?

Box 3 tax applies to your worldwide net wealth – savings, investments, and real estate. Taxation isn’t on asset income or gains but on an estimated yield derived from the asset value. From 2027, a new system will replace current box 3 taxation, annually taxing regular income and asset value growth, i.e. capital gains. A new system? Yes, if you have followed the Dutch news these past 2 years, you would have noticed the box 3 taxation in the front headings!

Box 3 Netherlands

Basically, The Dutch wealth tax, also known as Box 3 tax, taxes notional income from savings and investments. It’s currently undergoing changes and applies to assets as of 1 January. A recent High Court decision has led to the temporary suspension of Box 3 tax assessments. It’s advisable to await clearer guidance on reducing Box 3 tax before taking action. The High Court emphasized that the assumed investment returns can pose a significant financial burden, especially for those with savings.

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Once your 30% ruling terminates, you’ll be subject to regular Dutch taxation on your global wealth (Box 3 tax), which means declaring it correctly in your tax return is necessary, to avoid hefty penalties.

30 % ruling and forgot to opt for non-domestic taxation?

Even if you’re still under the 30% ruling but haven’t chosen partial non-domestic taxation, your (worldwide) assets in Box 3 must be declared. Dutch property, excluding your primary residence, is always taxable in box 3, even during the 30% ruling. Ensuring correct partial non-domestic taxation opt-in is advised, as errors are common. If you’ve overlooked this which is not uncommon, we can assist in clarifying your tax obligations.

“Dutch property, excluding your primary residence, is always taxable in box 3, even during the 30 ruling

It is wise to let one of our experts have a look at your situation if your 30 ruling is ending. Imagine a scenario featuring a German expat whose 30% ruling concludes on January 1st, 2021. As her non-domestic taxpayer status ends, she will have to pay Dutch box 3 tax for her worldwide assets. On savings in Germany, Dutch box-3 tax is now applicable. Our tax specialists can aid her in crafting strategies to mitigate her tax obligations. One option involves reallocating savings to partially repay her Dutch mortgage, resulting in reduced box 3 tax liability, though accompanied by diminished mortgage relief. This not only cuts down the mortgage interest but also lowers savings, translating to decreased box 3 taxation.

Contact us and find out what can be done in your situation!

Are you living in the Netherlands but working abroad? For many internationals, the corona crisis caused them to, or in some cases, gave them the opportunity to work remotely from abroad for their Dutch employer.

For example, you could no longer return to the Netherlands after a visit abroad. Or this time of remote working gave you the opportunity to spend more time with your partner abroad and work from there. Or you went back to your home country to be closer to your family or just felt safer there.

Are you in a situation like this? Keep in mind that living in the Netherlands and working (from) abroad can have tax consequences. Your physical work location is very important from a tax point of view and determines where you have to pay income tax. In any case, it is important that you keep a close eye on how many days you work abroad in such a situation, including holidays. If people work abroad for more than 183 days, that country will also tax the income. The Netherlands should then grant double tax deductions in proportion to the days worked abroad.

Tax return consequences

If you were in the above situation or similar in 2020, please ensure that your 2020 tax return is filed correctly. Our specialized tax advisers can support you in this and ensure that you are not taxed twice or too little. The same counts for 2021. But in this case you may still be in time to organize the situation in such a way that the tax consequences are minimal or the most favorable. By submitting your international work situation to us, you can make the best possible decisions.

As you may have heard in the press, the Supreme Court ruled on 24 December 2021 that the box 3 tax based on a fictitious return on investment in 2017 and 2018 is disproportionately high and is therefore in violation of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights (ECHR). The Supreme Court ruled that a relatively heavy financial burden is attached to the choice not to go into risky investment of assets.

Furthermore, the fixed asset mix introduced in 2017 has a discriminatory effect on those who have had bad luck with their investments and nevertheless are taxed relatively heavily. That is why the Supreme Court offers legal redress in the sense that for the years 2017 and 2018 the tax should be based only on the actual return on investment. After the negative court decisions for earlier years, this finally means a positive outcome for the tax payer with saving accounts and hardly any interest.

Decision in mass appeal procedure

At the beginning of February, the Tax Office published the collective decision in the mass appeal procedures against the box-3 tax for 2017 to 2020. All 200,000 appeals have been allowed. This does not yet mean that the participants in the mass appeal procedures now know how much they will get back and when. Neither is anything known about possible compensation for other taxpayers who did not appeal against the box-3 levy. The cabinet has promised to provide a substantive response no later than 1 May 2022 on how restoration of rights can be offered over the past few years. For most situations involving a substantial box 3 tax, we have already raised appeals over the past few years. Further action is only meaningful after we know more about the promised response from the Tax Authorities.

New box 3 levy

According to the cabinet, a box 3 levy based on the actual return on investment cannot come into effect until 2025. However, emergency legislation to adjust the box 3 levy is currently being worked on, which should provide a solution for the intervening years. This could include, for example, fictitious interest rates that are more in line with the actual returns and based on the actual composition of the assets. The cabinet is planning on sending a memorandum of direction for the recovery operation to the parliament before 1 April 2022.

Moreover, it is clear that a new system will certainly not lead to advantages for all taxpayers. Taxing actual returns can also mean taxing capital gains from securities and real estate, which have not been taxed as such until now. Besides, a number of parties state that the coverage for the measures should come from the same category of taxpayers.

Future assessments and tax returns

The ruling of the Supreme Court has consequences for 2021 and later years too. No final assessments are currently sent to taxpayers with box-3 capital. An exception will only be made if prescription is imminent or if there is an interest in the taxpayer. As soon as it is clear what the recovery will look like, these assessments will be issued. Taxpayers will be informed about this.

The Tax Office asks taxpayers to pay the provisional tax assessment 2022. They are also asked to simply submit the 2021 tax return, stating the box-3 capital as before. Possible compensation will be worked out later. Taxpayers with box-3 assets will probably receive their assessment for 2021 after 1 July 2022, even if they have submitted their 2021 tax return before 1 April.

For many expats the 30% ruling may cease by the end of this year as the transition period for those originally with an 8 year duration is discontinued. It is important to check the situation and possibilities to minimise the tax consequences.

Is your 30% ruling ending? Do you have worldwide assets? Contact us now to see what your tax saving possibilities are.

30% ruling end

Prior to 2019, the 30% ruling period was 8 years. As of January 2019 the period was shortened to 5 years. A two-year transition period was implemented lasting until January 1st 2021. This means that:

  • For anyone granted the ruling between January 1st 2011 and January 1st 2013 the 8-years still count, ending between January 1st 2019 and January 1st 2021;
  • those granted the ruling between January 1st 2013 and January 1st 2016 will be able to receive the allowance until 31 December 2020, giving them up to an additional two years following the extension;
  • anyone granted the ruling after January 1st 2016 will be eligible for the 30% ruling benefit for 5 years

30% ruling is ending as of January 2021

This means that for many international workers their 30 % ruling is ending as of January 2021. If you are one of them, it is important to be well prepared for the consequences. Not only will your take-home salary become lower, but you will also need to start thinking about your wealth and what this will mean for your tax return.

Without the 30% ruling, you can no longer opt to be considered a partial non-domestic taxpayer. In other words, you will be treated as a full resident tax payer and you will need to state your worldwide assets in your Dutch tax return. It is important that you are well prepared for this change and seek tax advice.

“Take this example from an international from Greece who’s 30% ruling period will end January 1st 2021. From then on she will no longer be able to opt for non domestic taxpayer; that means she becomes taxable in the Netherlands for her worldwide assets. Since she has savings in Greece she will have to pay box-3 tax in the Netherlands. Our tax consultants can help her structure things in such a way to reduce her tax liability. One of the possibilities we would be looking at is to reduce her box 3 tax liability by using her savings to repay part of her Dutch morgage. Although in that case she would receive less mortgage relief it would als lead to reduction of payable mortgage interest. And she would have less savings and thus as a reduction in box 3 taxation.”

Tax on assets and foreign real estate

This year the threshold per individual is € 30,846 before the asset tax starts. Your assets of between €30,846 and € 103,643 are taxed at 0.54%; assets of between €103,643 and €1,036,418 will be taxed at 1.27%; and anything over that at 1.6%. Given these fixed amounts of tax are unrelated to the actual income your assets generate, the higher your income, the more tax efficient you are. But they are still amounts which have to be found and paid.

You also need to include foreign real estate in your tax return and request a deduction for double taxation. In most Dutch tax treaties, the taxation of real estate is always allocated to the country where the property is located.

Avoid a large fine

It is really important to be honest and fill in your tax form correctly. The Dutch tax office is particularly hot on foreign bank accounts, and you can be fined up to 300% of the unpaid tax if you forget to mention them.’

If you would like to find out more about maximising your tax efficiency and decreasing your risk of fines, please feel free to contact Suurmond Tax Consultants www.suurmond-taxconsultants.com .

Of course, you don’t want to miss out on any tax benefits in the Netherlands that you are entitled to. In that case, you need to file a tax return and make sure this is done correctly. You can file a tax return for 2022 (from March 2023), 2021, and previous years, till five years back. Take a step in the right direction and contact us to file your tax return. No complicated online forms to be filled in, but personal and proactive service. Our tax consultants are passionate about seeking ways to optimize your tax return in the Netherlands.

How do you know if you need to file a tax return?

Even if you have not received an invitation to submit a tax return in the Netherlands, it is important to have your tax situation checked by a specialized expat tax advisor. You can contact us to check if it would be worthwhile for you to file a tax return. We will ask you the right questions to get the full picture of your tax situation. This way we can check all your tax-saving possibilities and you won’t miss any tax refund opportunities while filing your Dutch tax return. If you have your tax return automatically done by your employer in the Netherlands or a firm hired by them you can also come to us for a second opinion.

When is the deadline?

We will be pleased to look after the preparation of your tax return. The deadline is May 1st, but we will request an extension till May 1st next year for submitting your tax return. since we receive many tax return requests during this period. We will process the tax returns in the order in which they are received as much as possible. Do you have a specific reason why the tax return must be filed quicker? We will take this into account when scheduling the tax return. If you include information about possible deductible expenses and other relevant
changes in your situation we can optimize your tax return as much as possible.

Why use a tax advisor?

Our advisors understand that you do not wish to pay more tax than necessary and aim for a maximum tax benefit in your situation. Equally important, we also want to make sure that you are fully compliant. Some tax obligations are easily overlooked since you may not be aware of your responsibilities and the impact of certain actions on your taxes. While paying less tax may seem nice short term, unpaid tax can lead to a high tax bill with fines – up to 300% –  and interest in the future. It is therefore important that you inform us as well as possible about your situation, questions, and challenges; you remain responsible for a correct declaration. With our long-term focus, we can advise you proactively as your situation changes. Filing your own tax return or even worse making use of a budget tax return service may seem profitable at first, but there is a good chance that you pay the bill for this later.

Tax return in the Netherlands: which deductions

J.C. Suurmond & zn. Tax consultants are experts in expat tax matters and will make sure the optimum tax status is applied for. We will check whether all tax deductions, credits and allowances, applicable to your situation, are made use of. Regular Dutch tax return deductions are for example:

  • mortgage interest deduction
  • educational costs (also of your children or partner),
  • charitable giving
  • alimony
  • non-compensated health costs

In a proactive way you will be advised of your personal tax saving possibilities, which will be processed in the income tax return. As we provide a complete tax return service, we will also check the tax assessments that follow and appeal if needed to make sure your tax affairs are settled correctly.

Which tax form should you file?

The regular tax form is a P-form. In immigration or emigration situations however, an  extensive M-form has to be submitted. This is a more extensive Dutch tax return form and has to be submitted on paper. In a situation where you only lived in the Netherlands very short or merely worked in the Netherlands, a C-form for non-domestic taxation may apply. The M-form and C-form often give opportunity for refunds. With help of our direct line to the inspectors at the tax inspectorate for expats in Heerlen, we can check what Dutch tax return needs to be submitted in your situation.
We also take care of other tax forms, for example the request for a provisional refund for mortgage relief, which results in a monthly refund instead of a lump sum after the end of the year.

Examples of tax return situations

After completing your last tax assessment yourself it appeared that you would receive a sizeable rebate, but you have recently received a letter stating you owed the tax office €5500. You are quite puzzled and want to have an expert look at it properly.

It is possible that the final assessment turns out different, in this case disadvantageous for you. If you have filed the tax return yourself you may have missed some tax deduction possibilities. You can send us a copy of the tax return that you filed as well as your December pay slip and finally the correspondence that you have now received from the tax office. We will check what happened and what we can do for you.

In 2021 you worked 6 months in a Rotterdam office and need to do the taxes for this time. You did not live in the Netherlands prior to this job.

If you were a single taxpayer the refund entitlement for 2021 may be just over € 4000. We will be glad to start the process to reclaim this amount. We will look after the communication with the tax office until the refund is in your bank account.