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Tax relief for new companies

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you have started a business in the Netherlands and you are liable for income tax in the Netherlands, you may be eligible for the tax relief for new companies (startersaftrek). If you make use of this facility, you will pay less tax, because you are allowed to deduct a set amount from your annual gross profit.

When do you qualify?

In order to be eligible for the tax relief for new companies, you must satisfy at least the following conditions:

  • You are eligible for the private business ownership allowance.
  • In the 5 years prior to the tax year in question, you have not claimed the private business ownership allowance more than twice.
  • In the 5 years prior to the tax year in question, you were not a business owner for at least one year.

Tax relief for new companies in case of occupational disability

Are you starting your own company while receiving incapacity benefit? In this case, you can request a tax relief for new companies in case of occupational disabilityExternal link (in Dutch). To meet the hour criterion, you must spend at least 800 hours per year on your company.

How to apply?

The tax relief for new companies is in addition to your private business ownership allowance (zelfstandigenaftrek). There is no need to apply for tax relief for new companies, as you can indicate you wish to receive it in your income tax return.

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency

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