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Can I deduct the costs of public transport which I use to travel to my work?

Costs of public transport

If you travel to your work using public transport you may be able to claim a deduction in your annual income tax return. 

Expatax can claim the deduction by filing a tax return for you.

You can deduct a fixed amount if:

  • the distance between home and work is at least 10 km with public transport
  • you travelled to your work at least once a week and back again within 24 hours or at least on 40 days per year.
You must prove that you used the public transport by providing a statement from the public transport company, in Dutch called 'openbaarvervoerverklaring'. If you can't get this statement because you travelled using single tickets every day, you can ask your employer to prepare a statement that you used public transport, in Dutch called 'reisverklaring'. If your employer is willing to prepare this statement you have to keep all the single tickets and your employer must regularly check that you indeed use the public transport and document this in their administration.

You can't claim a deduction if the employer bought the tickets. Any deduction you can claim must be reduced with a travel allowance you have received.

Public transportation costs are deductible for a certain amount which depends on the travel distance between home and work and the number of days per week your partner travels with public transport. The fixed amount will be reduced with the allowance she has received. Normally there is no deduction left if an allowance is received. The allowance has been tax free so she already received a tax benefit.

Table deduction public transport costs 2014 and 2013

Distance single trip

You travel per week

More than

Less than

4 days
or more

3 days

2 days

1 day

0 km

10 km

€ 0

€ 0

€ 0

€ 0

10 km

15 km

€ 436

€ 327

€ 218

€ 109

15 km

20 km

€ 582

€ 437

€ 291

€ 146

20 km

30 km

€ 974

€ 731

€ 487

€ 244

30 km

40 km

€ 1.207

€ 906

€ 604

€ 302

40 km

50 km

€ 1.574

€ 1.181

€ 787

€ 394

50 km

60 km

€ 1.751

€ 1.314

€ 876

€ 438

60 km

70 km

€ 1.943

€ 1.458

€ 972

€ 486

70 km

80 km

€ 2.008

€ 1.506

€ 1.004

€ 502

80 km

90 km

€ 2.036

€ 1.527

€ 1.018

€ 509

90 km

-

€ 2.036

*

*

*

*The deduction is € 0.23 per kilometre of the one-way distance times the number of days that you travelled with public transport in 2014. The deduction is maximum € 2,036.


Table deduction costs of public transport 2011

One-way distance
more than
One-way distance
less than
You travel on 4 or
more days per week
You travel on 3
days per week
You travel on 2
days per week
You travel on 1
day per week

0 km

10 km

€ 0

€ 0

€ 0

€ 0

10 km

15 km

€ 428

€ 321

€ 214

€ 107

15 km

20 km

€ 572

€ 429

€ 286

€ 143

20 km

30 km

€ 957

€ 718

€ 479

€ 240

30 km

40 km

€ 1,186

€ 890

€ 593

€ 297

40 km

50 km

€ 1,547

€ 1,161

€ 774

€ 387

50 km

60 km

€ 1,721

€ 1,291

€ 861

€ 431

60 km

70 km

€ 1,910

€ 1,433

€ 955

€ 478

70 km

80 km

€ 1,974

€ 1,481

€ 987

€ 494

80 km

90 km

€ 2,001

€ 1,501

€ 1,001

€ 501

90 km

-

€ 2,001

*

*

*

*The deduction is € 0.22 per kilometre of the one-way distance times the number of days that you travelled with public transport in 2011. The deduction is maximum € 2,001.
 
 
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Comments (3) Comments
Comment by arjan enneman on Wed, May 8th, 2013 at 3:26 PM
a deduction can be claimed in the tax return based on the amounts mentioned above. so you just declare the fixed amount under the travel costs. since you use the metro you need to contact the office where you got the abonnement. the proof doesn‘t have to be provided together with the tax return but only on specific request of the tax authorities. and this request may not be made, so you may want to decide to request the proof until the tax authorities ask for it.
Comment by caro on Fri, Apr 26th, 2013 at 6:05 PM
i forgot to say that i work for a company in amsterdam. and i have to get the metro every day to go and come back from work to home. i leave in amsterdam zuidoost and to central station where is my work is aprox 11,1kms. is possible to claim transportation expenes? even if getting the unlimited trips abbonament?
Comment by caro on Fri, Apr 26th, 2013 at 5:58 PM
please? do you know how can i claim the transportation expenses? i live 11kms far from work. ans as far as i‘m concerned i can claim at least 30% of my costs of transportation. do you know the name of the office that manages this kind of claims? and where can i find the forms that i need to fill up?thanks in advance for your help. c
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