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Company use of a private car

This information is provided by:Netherlands Tax Administration, BelastingdienstNetherlands Tax Administration, BelastingdienstNederlandse versie

Do you use your private car for your business? If so, you may deduct a kilometer allowance from your profit. And you may also deduct the VAT on your car expenses for your business kilometres. To do so, you must keep records of the business use of the car.

Private or company car?

It is important to know whether your car is a private car or a company car. This is because there are differences that affect your income tax and VAT.

Check whether you have a private car or a company car:

  • Do you drive more than 500 kilometres per year privately? Then you may choose to keep your car private.
  • Do you use your car 500 kilometres or less per year privately? Then you are required to have a company car for income tax purposes. Different rules then apply.

Kilometre allowance deducted for income tax

If you choose to keep your car as a private vehicle (in Dutch) and make occasional business use of it, you cannot deduct any car-related costs from your company profit. You can deduct the company use of the car at 23 eurocents per kilometre (2024).

VAT

You are allowed to deduct the VAT you pay on car fuel and maintenance from your company profit, insofar as you use the car for VAT-charged turnover.

You cannot deduct VAT on:

  • VAT-exempted turnover
  • Private use

Also, keep in mind that you will still have to pay VAT at the end of the year for the private use of your car. Commuting is considered private. Therefore, keep records of your kilometres travelled.

Keep track of your kilometres

An accurate registration of your driven kilometres enables you to prove how many kilometres you have driven privately and how many for business use. There are several Tax Administration-approved registration systems you can use, so-called RitRegistratiesystemen, of which you’ll find a list on the Keurmerkritregistratiesystemen website.

You can also use a system of your own choice or making, but be aware that it has to contain the same data to provide an accurate registration.

If you do not keep track of your kilometres, the amount of VAT you will pay will consist of 1.5% of the car’s catalogue value, including VAT, and bpm (private motor vehicle and motorcycle tax).

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