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.

Sofi number deactivation - do I need to deactivate my sofinumber if I won‘t be in the #Netherlands?

I am an EU citizen arrived in the Netherlands in December 2011. I have applied and received a sofi number using my home country’s address and I was supposed to register in a municipality over the next days. Eventually, I moved back to my home country to accept a job offer (January 2012) and I did not register to any municipality. 

  1. Do I have to deactivate my sofi number? If yes, do I have visit the tax office?
  2. If I do nothing, as the tax office already have my actual foreign address, do I have to file tax returns for the coming years declaring my foreign income?

1. You do not have to deactivate your sofinumber and you don‘t have to inform the tax authorities that you will not use the number. The number will stay on your name for a certain period, after some time it can be given to somebody else.
2. Normally you will not have to file a tax return since you were not living in the Netherlands nor received income from the Netherlands. The tax authorities may have doubts about your situation and may send you a tax form though. You can return this form to the tax authorities stating that you were never living in nor receiving income from the Netherlands and therefore have never been a taxable (non) resident of the Netherlands.
Attached Files
There are no attachments for this article.
There are no comments for this article. Be the first to post a comment.
Security Code Security Code
Related Articles RSS Feed
What is the deadline for filing a tax return?
Viewed 6162 times since Thu, Nov 3, 2011
Timeframe tax refund
Viewed 1791 times since Mon, May 14, 2012
Can Expatax assist me with both my Dutch and US tax return?
Viewed 2876 times since Tue, Jan 17, 2012
Can I file a tax return if I only have a sofinumber and not a BSN?
Viewed 1801 times since Thu, Feb 21, 2013
What is the so called WOZ value of my house?
Viewed 29218 times since Sun, Nov 20, 2011
Will my employer take care of my personal income tax return or will I have to do it?
Viewed 3537 times since Tue, Dec 13, 2011
Which documents are required to obtain a citizen service number (BSN)?
Viewed 6207 times since Tue, Mar 19, 2013
Dutch tax authorities threaten with jail when the income tax return is repeatedly not filed.
Viewed 2386 times since Wed, Jun 13, 2012
My partner is not living in the Netherlands but needs a BSN. How can we get it?
Viewed 4708 times since Sat, Nov 26, 2011