Do we have a tax obligation in the Netherlands if we provide a service to a Dutch company for work done outside the Netherlands?
Article ID: 219 | Last Updated: Sun, Apr 1, 2012 at 5:36 PM
I would like some advice on the following situation:
Me and my partner are living in Portugal and we will be
providing services for Dutch companies (our work location will be Portugal and
we will provide the services electronically). Do we need to pay taxes in the
Netherlands, and if so what would be better in our situation: to work as
freelancers independently or to provide the services via a company
we created in Portugal?
If you are living and working in Portugal then there is no income tax obligation in the Netherlands. The fact that your client is a Dutch company doesn't affect this. Important is where the actual work is done or where your own business is based. Since this is all Portugal, Portugal has the right to tax your income. You can send an invoice to your Dutch client for the services you provide. But you may have to check the Portugese tax law to find out whether you are treated as a freelancer/business owner or as an employee of the Dutch company for which a payroll must be set up in Portugal.
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