income tax

the Netherlands

Do I pay Dutch income taxes as an employee/company owner of my company in the Netherlands?

Once your company becomes active and creates a profit, it’s likely that you will receive a salary from the company. This salary might be taxed in the Netherlands, but this is not always the case.


In the Netherlands, there is a distinction between payroll tax and social contributions. In several circumstances, social contributions might vary. For example, company director-shareholder pay less social contributions, because they are not entitled to sick leave and several other employee incentives.


In case an employee(-owner) is spending most of the year outside the Netherlands, this can also affect the social contributions, as well as the payroll tax.

Requesting an exemption for both payroll/wage tax as social

Assuming that the work period (in the Netherlands) is 6 months or less, the employee remains a tax resident of his country of residence and is, in principle, taxed there for his world income. To prevent the Netherlands from levying taxes on wages, an application for exemption from payroll tax can be made.


Do you want to apply for the exemption? Download the application form here.


Pay attention! this requires a 'declaration of tax liability for the country of residence'. This declaration must be signed by the tax authorities of the country of residence.

You will find an example of a declaration of residence here.


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