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Tax base and VAT rate
The tax is imposed on the sale price and the overall rate is 21%. The lesser rate of 6% applies for certain goods and services, such as food products, books, medicines, art, antiques, entry to museums, zoos, theatres and sports. Visible exports are zero-rated. A Numerous of exemptions apply for special goods and services such as educational, medical and cultural services.
VAT on expenses
Entrepreneurs may deduct VAT paid on purchases and other business expenses from the VAT payable on their sales. If an exemption applies, VAT payments are not deductible.
Once an entrepreneur has registered the business with the tax office then a VAT number will be provided and VAT returns will be sent at the applicable dates.
VAT in the Netherlands
Last modified: 23 December 2015
Subject to VAT
The value added tax system in the Netherlands corresponds with that currently used by all other EU-states. The following transactions are subject to VAT:
The provision of goods and services by businesses within the Netherlands;
Intra-Community purchases of goods in the Netherlands in the course of business operations by entrepreneurs and corporations;
Intra-Community acquisitions of new means of transport;
Imports of goods from outside the EU.