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The tax authorities do not want to register my business for VAT.

Question:

I am starting as a Freelance writer here in the Netherlands and wanted to know how I can register for a VAT number? I have spoken with my Chamber of Commerce and they advise that as I only have one customer so far it is difficult to register as a company?
 
Please can you give me some advice on what I need to do
?

Answer:

The tax authorities do not automatically regard you as an entrepreneur for VAT purposes. The conditions for VAT are different from the conditions that apply for income tax. Therefore it is possible that you are an entrepreneur for VAT purposes, but not for income tax purposes. The tax authorities apply various criteria to determine whether you are an entrepreneur for VAT purposes.

The same criteria apply to the registration with the Chamber of Commerce and for the VAT:

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