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Working partner's abatement

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

If you run a business in the Netherlands, and your fiscal partner performs work for your business, you may be eligible for working partner's abatementExternal link (meewerkaftrek, in Dutch). If you use this facility, you will pay less tax on profits. The amount of abatement permitted depends on the profits generated and on the number of hours your fiscal partner works for the business.

When do you qualify?

  • You are a business owner who is liable for income tax in the Netherlands.
  • You meet the time criterion (i.e. you work 1,225 hours per year in your business).
  • Your fiscal partner spends at least 525 hours a year working without pay for your business or the remuneration amounts to less than €5,000.

Corona crisis: relaxation of hours criterion

As a result of the corona crisis you may not be able to meet the hours criterion to be eligible for the working partner's abatement (meewerkaftrek). Therefore the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration has relaxed the hours criterion. In general this means that you may presuppose that you worked for at least 24 hours per week in your business. Read more on the relaxation of the hours criterionExternal link (Versoepeling urencriterium, in Dutch).

How to apply?

The entrepreneur's allowance is an integral part of your tax return.

This article is related to:

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO