The Dutch tax office sends a lot of blue letters in spring. Through this letter you will be invited to file your taxes. Filing taxes sounds difficult but depending on your situation it might be easier than you expect.
If for instance you only have income from employment, filing can be relatively straightforward.
Income from employment is withheld on your income by your employer. The amount of tax you pay depends on your salary, your age and whether you are married or have a partner. You can learn more about this tax by reading our guide to taxes in the Netherlands.
If you are an employee, and you have no other income you usually do not have to file a tax return. This is because your employer has already withheld tax from your salary and paid it to the Dutch Tax Office (‘Belastingdienst’).
However, you may also have to file a tax return if:
Please note that you always have to file your taxes when you are invited to file or when you believe there is a reason for you to file your return for the previous Dutch fiscal year (which runs from 1 January to 31 December). You also have to file your return if you believe there are reasons to file your tax return.
It is also possible to reclaim overpaid taxes, in which it is strongly recommended to file your taxes.
This can for instance be the case when you own your primary residence and have a mortgage, migrated to or from the Netherlands or if you had more than one employer.