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Government support for entrepreneurs

Tax facilities and subsidies for self-employed professionals

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

These tax facilities and subsidies are intended to promote entrepreneurship. It is important that the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration considers you as an entrepreneur. Also, the number of hours you spend on your business annually is important: in order to qualify for self-employment tax deduction, this must be at least 1,225 hours.

Tax facilities and subsidies

Private business ownership allowance

If you pay income tax in the Netherlands, you will be eligible as an entrepreneur for the private business ownership allowance (zelfstandigenaftrek). This will reduce your taxable income.

Tax relief for new companies

The tax relief for new companies (startersaftrek) is an increase in the private business ownership allowance intended for new businesses.

SME profit exemption

The SME profit exemption (MKB-winstvrijstelling) is an allowable deduction for small and medium-sized enterprises. The number of hours you work for your business is irrelevant in this respect.

Small businesses scheme

If you are eligible for the small businesses scheme (kleineondernemersregeling), you pay less VAT.

Working partner's abatement

If your partner works in your business for no pay, you may be eligible for the working partner’s abatement (meewerkaftrek).

Tax-deferred retirement reserve

Entrepreneurs in the Netherlands can accrue a pension in a tax-efficient manner.

Discontinuation relief

If you stop trading, you may be eligible for discontinuation relief (stakingsaftrek).

R&D tax credit

If you, as a self-employed professional, spend at least 500 hours a year on research and development work, you may be eligible for the RD tax credit (aftrek voor speur- en ontwikkelingswerk).


The microcredit facility is available for (start-up) businesses in need of a loan or guidance. This scheme consists of a loan of up to €50,000 and coaching.

More tax facilities and subsidies

Find more information on tax facilities and subsidies for entrepreneurs in general at the Subsidies section on this website.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Any further questions?

Please contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency

+31 (0)88 602 44 44