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How is income from Google Adsense taxed?

Question:

I am a student doing a master program in the Netherlands. I receive some monthly income from running online advertisements on one of my websites. The money comes from Google Ireland and is transferred to my Dutch bank account.

Do I have to declare this money for taxation purposes? If so, what is the best, easiest way to do it?

Answer:

Since you are living in the Netherlands you will have to declare your world wide income in your Dutch income tax return. This means that the income you receive from Google Ireland will have to be declared in the Netherlands. This must be done as "result from other activities" (assuming that the income is not part of self employed income). From the income you can deduct the related expenses like the costs of your website and banking costs.

Whether you actually will have to pay tax depends on the amount of the income and the other income you earn. Due to (general) tax credits it may be possible that no tax is payable on low income. 


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