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Private business ownership allowance

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

As an entrepreneur in the Netherlands, you may be eligible for the private business ownership allowance (zelfstandigenaftrek). If so, you pay less tax because you can deduct a fixed amount from your annual gross profit.

When do you qualify?

  • You are an income-tax-paying business owner.
  • You meet the time criterion.
  • You run the business alone or with others.
  • You have not reached the state pension age at the beginning of the calendar year. If you have reached the state pension age, the private business ownership allowance will be reduced by 50%.

Corona crisis: relaxation of hours criterion

As a result of the corona crisis you may not have been be able to meet the hours criterion to be eligible for the private business ownership allowance (zelfstandigenaftrek). Therefore the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration has relaxed the hours criterion for the period up to and including 30 June 2021. This means that for your income tax return for the period 1 January 2021 through 30 June 2021, you can presuppose that you worked for at least 24 hours per week in your business. Read more on the relaxation of the hours criterion (Versoepeling urencriterium, in Dutch).

Reduction in allowance

The private business ownership allowance will gradually be reduced to €3,240 in 2036. In total there will be 7 steps of €360, 1 step of €390 and 8 steps of €110. This reduction is implemented to harmonise tax conditions for entrepreneurs, such as self-employed professionals, and employees.

How to apply?

You state the private business ownership allowance in your income tax return.

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