Checklist of the Dutch tax deductions for freelancers and solo entrepreneurs

by Preeti Pooja
3 min read
Stack of papers with a checklist and a pen

Running your own business can be so rewarding and challenging. It comes with the luxury of being your own boss and working on your own terms. While there is great satisfaction with this independence, balancing work schedules, managing family, running a home and keeping a tab on your finances - all of it might get a little overwhelming.

A lot of your expenses for running your business are slowly adding up everyday and it's natural that you are losing track of them.

But don't worry. Finday has you covered. Today, we are sharing a list of 25 tax deduction tips you can claim as a freelancer or a solo entrepreneur. Make sure you create a checklist of these much ahead of your tax filing season.

Office space

  • Leasing a workspace that is not attached to your home.
  • Expenses of a workspace at home.
  • Utility bills (electricity, gas etc.) relating to leasing a workspace that is not attached to your home.
  • Utility bills related to a workspace at home.

Internet and phone bills

  • Commercial telephone or internet costs

Remember, that you must keep business and private use separate, or have a separate work phone.

Travel expenses

  • Travel expenses for public transport to and from clients, for the purchase of materials and other business-related travel expenses. 
  • Study trips that are subject to conditions.

Accommodation expenses

  • Stay for courses that are far from your home .
  • Accommodation expenses: overnight stays are fully deductible. So, always ask for an itemised bill.

Office supplies

  • Pens
  • Print paper and envelopes
  • Stationery

Equipment

  • Computer and other devices.

You can take a deduction for the year you purchased if it was exclusively for business. 

Website expenses

  • Hosting, domain name and server costs

Accountancy costs

  • Hiring a professional to draw up your balance sheet & profit and loss account.

Insurance costs

  • Professional insurance cover or insurance for commercial and business inventory.

Transportation & shipping costs

  • Travel expenses by car (0,19 euro per km)
  • Public transport, flight tickets, taxis.

Always have a destination and purpose for these trips.

Education

  • Professional reading matter or books.
  • Certification expenses

You must know that these educational or certification expenses must be directly related to your current line of work or not another career.

Printed material and advertising

  • Entertainment/corporate gifts
  • Dinner/lunch (events/parties/gifts for clients/entertainment). Always keep names of clients and purpose of these expenses.
  • Contributions and memberships of professional organizations, etc.  

Bookmark this checklist so you can track your business income and expenses all year round and you can stop worrying about tax deductions. We hope you have a great experience filing taxes this quarter.