Are you filing a first-time tax returns in the Netherlands?

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The day you arrive in the Netherlands and the first day of your new job will hardly ever coincide with the first day of the year. Because taxes are calculated on the basis of the entire year, you’ll almost always receive an income tax refund.

In the Netherlands, you aren’t obligated to file an income tax returns. The tax office will sometimes send a letter (the famous blue envelope!) asking you to submit an income tax return. If you’re entitled to the 30% ruling, you may be asked to file an income tax return if you own your home or have savings and investments above a specific amount.

It’s important to keep proof of the date that you registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) because you’ll be asked to provide this date on your first Dutch income tax return.