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If you run a company in the Netherlands that carries out research and development work (Speur- en Ontwikkelingswerk, S&O or R&D), you may be eligible for compensation of wage costs and additional costs under the WBSO scheme. This basically means businesses pay lower wage tax and lower national insurance contributions, and self-employed entrepreneurs can deduct an (annually set) fixed amount for R&D when filing their income tax return. Startups are given extra compensation for R&D work.
When do you qualify?
- Your company employs people responsible for R&D work.
- As a self-employed professional, you spend at least 500 hours on R&D per calendar year.
If you are self-employed and you employ staff who carry out research and development, you can apply R&D tax credit for your own R&D hours as well as for those of your employees.
How to apply?
If you have a Message Box account, you may want to receive your WBSO orders digitally.
For more information on the R&D tax credit (WBSO) see the Tax and Customs Administration's Payroll Tax Allowances.
To see if you are eligible for R&D tax credit, you can use this handy WBSO assistant (in Dutch). You will also see how much tax credit you are entitled to.
Prinsjesdag (Budget Day) 2019 announcement
On Prinsjesdag (Budget Day) 2019, the Ministry of Finance announced measures to encourage Research and Development. As an entrepreneur you will be able to apply for R&D tax credit 4 times a year. At present this is 3 times a year. In addition applications can be submitted less far in advance than currently required.
The measure is expected to come into force from 1 January 2020. This is subject to its acceptance by the upper and lower houses of parliament.