Register for VAT in the Netherlands

Are you supplying, or looking to supply goods to the Netherlands? If your business was not established in the country, you will likely be affected by the EU VAT (Value Added Tax) directive. Whether you are inside or outside the EU, you are likely to have to register for non-resident VAT.

Do I need to register for VAT in the Netherlands?

The circumstances in which you will have to register for Dutch VAT include:

  • Buying and selling goods or services in the Netherlands
  • Selling and shipping goods contained in the Netherlands to buyers outside of the Netherlands
  • Importing goods to the Netherlands from inside the EU
  • Storing goods or other physical property in the Netherlands
  • Selling online goods or services to buyers in the Netherlands*
  • Holding events in the Netherlands with paid admission

* when exceeding Distance Selling thresholds

If your business is currently or potentially affected by any of these factors, you are legally required to appoint a tax representative to register for VAT on your behalf. Contact us for a free consultation on your business’s unique VAT requirements.

What are the VAT rates in the Netherlands?

The standard rate of VAT in the Netherlands is 21%. A 6% rate of reduced VAT applies to certain products based on specific criteria.

What are the VAT return periods in the Netherlands?

VAT returns must be submitted monthly, quarterly or yearly, depending on the VAT payable per quarter. Returns must be submitted before the last day of the month following the tax period; or for foreign businesses, by the last day of the second month following the tax period.

The Netherlands does not require that you submit an annual summarising return.

What is the Distance Selling threshold in the Netherlands?

The distance selling threshold, which determines whether you need to pay VAT for sales to Dutch customers, is €100,000.

What is the Intrastat threshold in the Netherlands?

The Intrastat threshold, which affects the movement of goods between the Netherlands and another EU state, is €1,000,000 for arrivals and €1,200,000 dispatches.

What if I sell goods on Amazon?

Many online sellers who are trading via Amazon make use of their Fulilment By Amazon (FBA) service. In order to trade faster and easier across Europe, companies use Amazon to store, pick, pack and deliver your products to the buyer’s local address.

Even though you may think that you’re making sales from you’re home country, Amazon holds the goods locally and the product would therefore be considered as a local sale, and subsequently liable for VAT.

VAT is the responsibility of the seller, not Amazon, and you can face heavy fines for not registering and/or paying VAT.