Knowledge Base

Welcome to the Expatax Knowledge Base containing hundreds of answers to questions we received about topics concerning tax, payroll, accounting, legal, business etc. related to the Netherlands. Search in our Knowledge Base or browse the different categories. Expatax is a Dutch tax and accounting firm specialized in assisting international workers, freelancers and companies. Don't hesitate to contact us if you need assistance or check our website.

I did not register in the Netherlands and am not insured here. Can I still apply for a tax refund?


Question:
 
Can I apply for tax refund if I am not registered in the Netherlands and don‘t have an insurance? If so, will there be penalties for me? I am living here for a few years now, but I had no possibility to register because I rent only a room in the place where registration is not possible. I am an eu national. thank you.
 
Answer:
 
By law you are required to register in the Netherlands within 5 days after arrival if you want to stay here for a longer period. Registration must take place with the municipality. When you register the municipality will provide you with a BSN (Citizen Service Number) which you need to be able to work in the Netherlands. If you are not registered in the Netherlands a sofinumber must be obtained from the tax authorities, foreign department. If the government finds out that you are living here but haven‘t registered they will investigate why you didn‘t register, for example because you are sub-renting a room which may not be allowed by the municipality. If they find out you will have to move. The municipality can also give you a fine but I don‘t know how high this fine can be.  
 
If you are not registered in the Netherlands you can still be entitled to a tax refund. Important is that you were on a Dutch payroll where wage tax and premiums social security where withheld. See also my comment about the sofinumber/BSN. The tax return must then be filed as a foreign resident. Of course this may lead to questions or possible disadvantages if not all tax credits or deductions can be claimed this way.
 
 
 
Attached Files
There are no attachments for this article.
Comments
There are no comments for this article. Be the first to post a comment.
Name
Email
Security Code Security Code
Related Articles RSS Feed
What are the tax rates in the Netherlands?
Viewed 10358 times since Fri, Nov 4, 2011
My child is earning an income. How will it be taxed?
Viewed 1934 times since Sun, Apr 1, 2012
Can an entrepreneur get a time extension for payment of a tax claim?
Viewed 5844 times since Fri, Feb 22, 2013
When can I expect to receive my tax refund?
Viewed 6881 times since Mon, Nov 28, 2011
I am leaving the Netherlands. Can I get a tax refund when I leave?
Viewed 18185 times since Sat, Nov 26, 2011
Tax return - no form has been mailed yet
Viewed 1630 times since Thu, Apr 4, 2013
Should the kinderbijslag be reported in my tax return?
Viewed 1782 times since Thu, Apr 11, 2013
Income tax on scholarship
Viewed 2644 times since Sat, Mar 23, 2013
My partner has no income, is she entitled to a refund or tax credit?
Viewed 16119 times since Tue, Dec 13, 2011