Can I get a time extension for filing my Dutch tax return?
You received an invitation from the Dutch tax authorities to file a tax return
Since it is not always possible to file a tax return before the general deadline of April 1 (May 1 for the 2014 tax year) it is possible to request a time extension. If the deadline is set by the tax authorities at a later date than 1 April (for example because the invitation was sent to you late) and you need a time extension always file the request for the extension before the applicable deadline.
If you can't make the deadline just write a short letter to the tax authorities (to the address stated on the invitation you received) stating that you need some extra time. The tax authorities will then give you a time extension until September 1. You don't have to give a specific reason. It is also possible to call the tax authorities, but since they are not allowed to speak English over the phone his may be a challenge.
The request must contain the following information:
- your name
- your BSN
- your telephone number
- the date till which you need a time extension
- the name of the person who signs the request
- the date the request is signed
You must send the request to:
6401 DA Heerlen
You will receive a reply from the tax authorities within 3 weeks.
You don't have to provide a reason for the time extension unless you need a time extension of more than 5 months.
If necessary you can get an extra time extension again if the date of September 1 can't be made either, but then you will have to give a reason and the request must be sent by post, a longer extension will not be granted by Phone.
Registered tax advisors like Expatax B.V. have a special arrangement with the tax authorities. This arrangement allows registered tax advisors to arrange a time extension for all their clients at the same time (with one request) up to May 1 of the next year. So for the tax return of 2014 we can arrange a time extension up to May 1, 2016.
If you would like us to arrange a time extension and file the tax return for you please contact us now .
You didn't receive an invitation from the Dutch tax authorities to file a tax return
If you didn't receive an invitation from the tax authorities to file a tax return then a deadline is not applicable and you can't request a time extension. This however doesn't mean that it is not possible to file a tax return. You may still be entitled to a tax refund.