Anyone who receives income in the Netherlands (salary, pension, support fund, student job, interest) is obliged to pay income taxes.
For some forms of income, like salary, your tax is already deducted by your employer and paid to the National Tax Office (Belastingdienst). For other forms of income this is not the case. Your final Income Tax obligation is determined on the basis not only of how much money you make, but also on how much you have worked. Additionally there are many tax exemption rules, e.g. if you work part-time, for health care, syudy expenses, if you have kids etc.
For this reason the Tax Office requires that everyone in the Netherlands (incl. all employees in the Netherlands) submit their taxes once per year. The deadline for this is May 1st, but it is possible to do the submission after this as well. If you submit your taxes before May 1st, you will receive notice from the Tax Office about your final tax obligation before August 1st.
Because many exemptions are not taken into account in the taxes your employer is paying for you, it may very well be the case that you are entitled to a refund. If you work part-time this is usually the case, and it is almost always the case for students and couples as well.
Did you know that
- 70% of Dutch inhabitants forgets to claim their tax refund, accounting for a total of 30 mln euro of unclaimed refunds; 250 euro per person on average.
- that 85% of the customers we file tax declarations for is entitled to a refund.
Get help with your tax return
Jules has a few different ways (some for free, some paid) to help you with your tax return.
1. Information seminars about the Dutch tax system
A few times a year, Jules organizes special information seminars about the Dutch tax system. A registered and experienced tax lawyer will explain the set-up of the system, special rules for foreigners, and prepare you for letters you might receive during the year. These seminars are useful to get an idea of the overal system, and what set of rules applies to you.
The seminars always take one hour and are entirely for free. All seminars take place at the Jules Office. All seminars are followed by a Q&A session for more general questions, and a personal consultation hour to meet with the tax consultants about your particular situation.
Agenda – Seminar: the Dutch tax system
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Everyone is welcome to attend these seminars. It is not mandatory to register beforehand, but in order to make sure we have enough seats, we do appreciate registrations.
Want to call the official offices yourself?
T: 0031 555 385 385
(Calling from the Netherlands: (055) 5 385 385)
- Press 2 (for the English menu.)
- Press 1 (for benefits | 2 is for other questions.)
- Keep your BSN number* at hand. You will be put on hold until someone is available to help you.
Monday through Thursday: 8.00 – 20.00 hours.
Friday: 8.00 – 17.00 hours.
*BSN or burgerservicenummer is the Dutch national identification number.