Property transfer tax

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO
Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Do you own property such as a house, company building or plot of land? Or do you have rights to immovable property? You will probably have to pay property (or capital) transfer tax (overdrachtsbelasting).

In the Netherlands, you pay property transfer tax (in Dutch) when you become the owner of:

  • immovable property, such as business premises, a plot or a residential building;
  • rights to immovable property, such as building and planting rights or a leasehold;

If you become the owner of shares in a public limited company (NV), private limited company (BV) or partnership, whose possessions mainly consist of immovable property, you also have to pay property transfer tax.

The property transfer tax rate (in Dutch) for homes differs from the rate for other immovable properties (commercial property such as a business premises or building plot). If you buy residential property as an investor, the same rate applies as for commercial property. The rate for commercial property (and other property in which you will not live) is higher (in Dutch).

The property transfer tax is not tax deductable as business costs. You must add up the tax to the property's balance sheet value, which forms the asset's depreciable basis. Please note: depreciation does not apply to land.

How to pay property transfer tax?

Normally, a civil-law notary draws up a deed to transfer a (business) property. They then charge the property transfer tax owed, file the property tax return on your behalf and pay the tax to the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst). However, other rules apply when a notary deed has not been drawn up.


In some situations exemption from property transfer tax is possible, for instance when you transfer your business to a relative or when you transfer immovable property into a private limited company.

Property transfer tax and VAT

When buying immovable property that is charged with VAT, a property transfer tax exemption may apply. Please be advised by the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration on the exact conditions or check the (Dutch-language) online tool for situations in which there is concurrence of VAT and property transfer tax.