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Energy tax

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

If you have a company in the Netherlands, you have to pay energy tax (energiebelasting) if your business consumes energy. The amount of energy taxExternal link owed depends on the quantity of energy used. Energy tax is collected by the supplier, who pays it to the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration.

Refund scheme

In some cases you are eligible for a refund of part of the energy tax. If your business consumes more than 10 million kWh and you and the government concluded a long-term agreement on energy efficiency, you will qualify for a refund of part of the energy tax. You will need a progress statement for this. You can apply for this statement to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

Sustainable energy surcharge

Apart from energy tax, you pay a levy on the supply of energy to stimulate sustainable energy. The energy supplier collects the levy via your annual energy bill and pays this to the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. If you receive an energy tax refund, you will also be refunded part of the sustainable energy surcharge.

Prinsjesdag (Budget Day) 2019 announcement

On Prinsjesdag (Budget Day) 2019, the Ministry of Finance announced that the sustainable energy surcharge (Opslag Duurzame Energie, ODE) will rise in 2020. The purpose of the ODE is to let everyone contribute to the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy. By introducing a different calculation of the tariffs, especially companies that use a lot of energy will have to pay more.
The measure will come into effect in 2020, subject to its acceptance by the upper and lower houses of parliament.

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