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Can I claim back all VAT on my expenses as a business owner?

 

For which costs can I claim back the VAT being an entrepreneur?


If you are accountable for VAT and the delivery of your products and services is not (partially) exempted, you can deduct the VAT you have paid in your periodic VAT return under the condition that the invoice mentions the VAT amount and your business name. You can, in principle, deduct all VAT you have paid with the exception of:

  • food and drinks in a hotel, cafe or restaurant
  • private use

If you bought services or products from outside the Netherlands other rules are applicable. In brief you should convince the foreign company who is providing the services or product that you are a business owner and VAT registered in the Netherlands. This way they don't have to charge VAT to you which you will have to claim back abroad later, but you can transfer this to your own periodic VAT return.
 
 
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