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Education costs Articles
How will the deduction of education costs work out? Is it a full refund or does it depend on the applicable tax rate?
Viewed 21933 times since Thu, Feb 7, 2013
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Can I deduct the tuition fee which I paid from a foreign bank account?
Viewed 3144 times since Thu, Dec 10, 2015
Question:If the tuition fee of my study is paid via foreign bank account transfer, am I still eligible to deduct the fee in my tax return?Answer:Yes. For the deduction it doesn't matter from which of your bank accounts you paid the tuition fee.... Read More
Can I deduct the education expenses which I paid for my brother?
Viewed 10903 times since Tue, Apr 16, 2013
Question:   I am going to sponsor my brother for his MBA. Can I claim for tax deductions?   Answer:   You can only claim a deduction for educations costs of yourself, not for your brother. The payment is not deductible.   Be aware: if your... Read More
Are tuition fees from previous years deductible?
Viewed 18790 times since Sat, Mar 23, 2013
Question:I studied for 2 years in the Netherlands, for which I paid tuition fees, without however working during these years. I graduated in December 2014 and got a temporary job position in March 2015, with several job interviews lined up for the... Read More
Can I deduct my 2009 education costs in my 2011 or 2012 Dutch tax return?
Viewed 6693 times since Thu, Mar 29, 2012
Question:   Dear Sir or Madam, I have a question regarding my tax return for 2011. I have already filed my 2011 tax return. I would like to deduct my 2009 tuition fees (€ 11,000) from my 2011 income, but was informed that I could not do this.... Read More
Can I deduct the school fees which I paid for my children?
Viewed 8273 times since Thu, Feb 28, 2013
School feesThe school fees which you pay for your children are not deductible in your tax return. Only the education costs of your self or your fiscal partner can be deducted as education costs.Tax free reimbursement of international school feesIf... Read More
Are Dutch lessons tax deductible?
Viewed 16046 times since Mon, Nov 28, 2011
Dutch language courseYou may consider that Dutch lessons are deductible as work related expenses. Unfortunately since 2001 work related expenses are no longer deductible. Instead you receive the labour deduction (arbeidskorting) if you work and have... Read More
Tax refund for international student
Viewed 10021 times since Thu, Dec 6, 2012
Question: I once read somewhere that for an international student who graduated from the university in the Netherlands and then work as high skill migrant in the Netherlands can get the tax refund when they work because they will pay tax. Is that... Read More
Can I deduct the costs of my MBA study of EUR 55,000 in my Dutch tax return?
Viewed 16008 times since Thu, May 10, 2012
Question:   I am considering starting a part-time MBA and would like to know how I may claim related costs (travel, books, accommodation directly related to the study) as tax deductible expenses ?   Also what is the preferred method for the tax... Read More
Can I deduct the international school fees of my children under the 30% ruling?
Viewed 22823 times since Thu, Apr 4, 2013
Question:I see on your website that there is a benefit for tuition fees for international schools associated with the 30% ruling. I spend around €23k per year to send my son to an international school. Is this something I can submit as part of my... Read More
Is the interest on a study loan tax deductible?
Viewed 1821 times since Wed, Jan 21, 2015
Question: Is the interest on a study loan tax deductible?  Answer: The interest on a study loan is not tax deductible, only the eduction costs themselves.  See Read More
The tax authorities don’t allow a deduction of education costs from older years in my tax return. Is that correct?
Viewed 2392 times since Thu, Aug 7, 2014
Question: I have a problem with the belastingdienst concerning an aangifte I’ve made for 2011, in which I’ve declared my costs of university study over three years as a deduction (study years 2006/07, 2007/08 and 2008/09, in which... Read More
I don‘t have the 30% ruling. Am I eligible for a tax deduction on education costs?
Viewed 4916 times since Fri, Feb 3, 2012
Question   My husband is employed in the Netherlands with the 30% ruling, and I am employed in the Netherlands without the 30% ruling.  Am I eligible for a tax-deduction on university expenses?  I am doing a university l... Read More
Education fees - tax refund - age restriction
Viewed 3267 times since Thu, Dec 6, 2012
Question:   I am a knowledge immigrant availing 30% ruling and residing/working in the Netherlands. I have paid education fees this year. I will be 35 years old in January. Is there an age restriction to avail tax refund/rebate on the fees pa... Read More
Can I deduct the education costs of my tax partner in my #Dutch #tax return?
Viewed 6625 times since Sun, Feb 26, 2012
Question:   Hi, my wife (tax partner) is currently unemployed. We consider to follow a master programme to help her in the future. Can I deduct from my salary the educational expenses? If yes, when do i need to fill a request, before or a... Read More
Are payments related to a study loan deductible in my Dutch income tax return?
Viewed 11084 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
Question:   I recently relocated to the Netherlands after completing my MBA. I still have loans in the UK for my studies and was wondering is it possible to write some or all of these payments off against my income tax? Answer:   In your... Read More
Tuition fees - can I double the 15k deduction via my tax partner?
Viewed 13381 times since Thu, Feb 7, 2013
Question: I am starting an MBA later this year and the annual cost will be substantially higher than 15,000 euros (which i can use as tax deduction). I have a tax partner (my wife) - can I deduct 15k per person or only 15k maximum for myself? ... Read More