Tourists get more tax back

26th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 March 2006, AMSTERDAM - Dutch Tax Minister Joop Wijn has lowered the maximum amount tourists from outside the EU have to spend to be eligible for a refund of the sales tax.

27 March 2006

AMSTERDAM - Dutch Tax Minister Joop Wijn has lowered the maximum amount tourists from outside the EU have to spend to be eligible for a refund of the sales tax.

Non-EU tourists will now be able to claim back the BTW sales tax (Valued Added Tax or VAT) after spending EUR 50 or more. The previous limit was EUR 136.

Tourists lodge a claim with the customs service, which verifies the goods are leaving the EU. Wijn announced the change in answer to a question tabled by an MP.

The CDA minister said he wants to relax other tax rules in relation to employer compensation to staff such as gifts and office parties.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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