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Filing your 2015 Dutch tax return the smart way

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Are you an expat filing your Dutch tax return? Get a free tax review to optimise your tax refund as expats in the Netherlands are entitled to several tax benefits. [Contributed by J.C. Suurmond]

Another year has passed and the time has come to take a fresh look at your tax matters. Many people are submitting their tax returns and speaking about refunds or due assessments they are expecting. No doubt it can be a stressful time of the year — a little or big mistake can be made very easily. 

Filing your tax return for 2015

You may have heard news about the new tax regulations in 2014, with numerous changes that could have consequences for your 2015 tax return. It's important, therefore, to contact a tax consultant to make sure no refund opportunities are missed.

Many expats are a little puzzled on how to proceed when they receive a request from the Dutch tax authorities to submit a tax return. To submit a tax return in a new or foreign country is not very straightforward — although many advisors specialised in expat tax advice should be able to help out.

The trouble is that many expats do not receive a request from the tax authorities to submit a tax return. A first reaction could be: "What a relief, I don't have to submit a tax return!" This could, however, turn out to be a very short-sighted reaction, because expats often have more tax refund possibilities than normal Dutch tax payers. This is the case both when the 30 percent ruling applies and when it does not. So, even if you have not received the mentioned invitation, it is important to have your tax situation checked by an expert to ensure no refund opportunities are missed.

It could also be that your employer is taking care of your tax returns. Usually, your employer has hired a large accountancy office working for them. Maybe you are satisfied with this often free service and relieved that you do not have to do it yourself. But there is also a chance that you feel unhappy about this situation. Many times expats have the feeling they get a 'one size fits all' service and experience that the accountancy company is only working in their employers interest and not theirs. It can be frustrating to think that you are entitled to tax refunds that are not mentioned in your tax returns. It can be very worthwhile to get a second opinion at a tax advisor specialized in expat tax returns. This will give you security and maybe even more tax benefits.

30 percent ruling

For those with a gross contract, this ruling will mean that 30 percent of your salary is tax free. In addition you can — upon request — be taxed as a non-resident for your box two and three income. This means that you are only taxable on your enterprise profits and labour income worldwide, and not on your capital income, property, or capital investments, such as a limited company. It is important that you are sure to have opted for partial non-resident taxation. A mistake is easily made!

For promovendi or PhD students there are extended posibilities to secure the 30 percent ruling. It is again essential to get advice before you take any action to qualify for the 30 percent ruling. For example, it is essential to emigrate from abroad at the request of your new employer.

Tailored advice is specifically required in the more unlikely situations. J.C. Suurmond & Zn takes that extra step. Where other advisors say the 30 percent ruling does not apply or where the tax office has not granted the request, we have successfully obtained a positive decision in many situations. With the recent changes this is all the more important.

Case study

The following case study from of our office's experience illustrates this.

An expatriate from the UK who came to The Netherlands worked for a Dutch employer for five years. The 30 percent ruling was applied and he never received any tax forms to complete. This particular expat was quite happy with this, but as years went by he preferred more certainty in relation to his tax situation. He feared to receive a high tax bill over several years, so he contacted our office. A tax consultant worked out the most advantageous scenario and submitted tax forms retroactively for five years. Instead of owing additional tax he received refunds in excess of EUR 25,000!

This is not a situation of ‘too good to be true'. Similar cases occur regularly, showing the importance of having an expert annually check your tax situation, and more specific, your refund opportunities.

Free tax review

To make sure you do not let a refund opportunity slip, as well as to introduce you to our range of services, we offer a free tax scan. An email with your annual salary statements to taxadvice@jcsuurmond.nl with ‘Free tax scan' in the heading is enough to make use of this offer!

After checking your situation, a consultant will advise of the opportunities and provide a quote for submitting your tax return 2015.

No cure-no pay

Our services are available for competitive rates, and can also work on a no cure-no pay basis in some situations. Please contact us for more information at taxadvice@jcsuurmond.nl or have a look on our website www.suurmond-taxconsultants.com.

Established in 1986

J.C. Suurmond & zn. Tax consultants is a Dutch tax consultancy office, established since 1986. From the start there has been an international perspective on our tax services, as a very large proportion of our clients have been expats. We do not claim to be the best expat tax advisors in the Netherlands but we certainly aim to!

Client and result focused 

We focus on our clients' interests, so they can be assured of a proactive and personal service when they come for tax advice. This means that clients receive a better service for less money than they might receive at very large tax consultancy office.

No matter what tax situation you encounter as an expat, we know how to handle it in your best interest. Whether it is a tax return, 30 percent ruling request, tax advice in relation to emigration, or making use of the amnesty ruling; we take that extra step for you. Expats from all over the world have trusted our expertise in the last 27 years and we have successfully made use of existing tax regulations to reduce their tax liability and secure large tax refunds. We always like to make sure our clients receive the maximum refund. Our clients can then concentrate on what they do best and rest assured that we will look after their interests. Our tag line: Untaxing taxes!

A satisfied client

"I am stunned! I needed some good news and this must be it! Thank you for your persistence in dragging the information out of me and your veracity in pursuing the Netherlands authorities. As you would expect, I am very grateful, as this is money I never thought I would see again." – Mr. B.M., Cambridge, UK 

Trusted advisors since 1986: Untaxing taxes!

Contact details
J.C. Suurmond & zn. Tax consultants
Jupiter 65
2685 LV  Poeldijk
The Netherlands
+31 (0)174 244 725

Contributed by J.C. Suurmond & zn. Tax consultants

J.C. Suurmond & zn. Tax consultants

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