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Income Tax Refund from the Netherlands

7th Sep 2018

The Netherlands have progressive tax rates which are determined by your wage. The higher your income, the higher your tax rate.

Please note that the income tax (loonheffing) which is withheld by your employer includes both the income tax and National Insurance (pension insurance, unemployment benefits and other state benefits).

Each person who has worked in the Netherlands has a right to a tax refund.

Dutch tax rates for individuals in 2018:

Taxable income Tax National Insurance Total rate
0 to 20.142 € 8,90 % 27.65 % 36.55 %
20.142 to 33.994 € 13,20 % 27.65 % 40.85 %
33.994 to 68.507 € 40,85 % 40.85 %
68.507 and above 51,95 % 51,95 %

What is required to receive an income tax refund?

We can help you get your income taxes back by filing a tax return. In order to do this, you need to declare your annual income from the Netherlands and from the country of your home country (country of tax residency). Your Dutch earnings are listed in a document called Jaaropgaaf, which you will receive from your employer at the end of the fiscal year.

What should I do if I do not have a Jaaropgaaf?

You can either contact your employer and request for it, or we can get it for you.

How many years back can I apply for a tax refund?

You can apply for your tax refund up to 5 years back from the date of your application.

Zorgtoeslag refund

Families or individuals that cannot afford their social insurance expenditure are supported by the government with a special allowance, the Zorgtoeslag. Whether you receive this allowance and its amount depends on your income.

Child benefit and support

There are three different types of allowance you can get for your children. The Kinderbijslag, a basic allowance for every family, the Kindgebonden Budget and the Kinderopvangtoeslag. You can find more information about child benefits here.

How long does it take to get the refund?

On average, it takes 6 months from the time your documents are sent to the Tax Authorities. However, the Dutch tax office has a statutory time limit of one year.

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