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Applying for a tax filing extension

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Tax and Customs Administration, Belastingdienst

Income tax and corporate tax

If you have to file an income tax return or a corporate tax return in the Netherlands, but are unable to do so in time, you can apply for a tax filing extension. You must do so before the final return filing date, otherwise you will still risk a fine.

Income tax return

You can apply for an extension for filing your income tax return in various waysExternal link (in Dutch). You can do so until the date that is stated on the declaration letter sent by the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. The Tax and Customs Administration will send you a written response within 3 weeks of your application. Do you want an extension of more than 4 months? Then you must explain why you need such a long extension in your application.

Corporate income tax return

You can apply for an extension for filing your corporate income tax return between 1 April and 1 June. You can do so in various waysExternal link (in Dutch). You apply for an extension until 1 November. The Tax and Customs Administration will send you a written response within three weeks of your application. Do you want an extension of more than 5 months? Then you must explain why you need such a long extension in your application.

VAT and payroll taxes

You can only apply for an extension for filing your VAT return or your payroll tax return in special cases. The Tax and Customs Administration will determine whether there are any special circumstances for your situation. Please contact your tax officeExternal link for more information.

Your tax advisor asks for an extension

If you have your tax return submitted by a tax service provider, you can contact your service provider for an extension for filing your income tax return and the corporation tax return. Your tax service provider can make use of the special deferral arrangement for tax consultants.

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