Leaving the Netherlands | Emigration 2016-10-20T10:59:26+00:00

Leaving the Netherlands

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Leaving the Netherlands or emigrating from the Netherlands can be from a tax point of view, quite complicated for expatriates / foreigners. Especially, if expats bought their own house and use the Dutch mortgage interest deduction. Moving away from the Netherlands can be permanent or just temporarily (worldtrip, secondment, temporary work abroad, working abroad).

Emigration from the Netherlands – questions moving out

Emigration from the Netherlands will trigger the following questions:

Based on figures of the Dutch institution called CBS, every day 300 people are leaving the Netherlands. Main reasons to emigrate from the Netherlands are, unhappiness about the political climate, the economic situation and the fact society is becoming ‘harder’ the paper says.

Do I stay a Dutch tax resident or do I become a non-Dutch tax resident?

The Dutch (personal income) tax law makes a distinction between the following taxpayers:

  • Dutch tax resident
  • Non-Dutch tax resident.

A Dutch tax resident is in general a person that lives in the Netherlands with his family and also physically works in the Netherlands. This individual will be subject to Dutch taxation on his worldwide income, unless a tax treaty for the avoidance of double taxation leaves a taxation right (for certain items of income) to other countries.

A Non-Dutch tax resident is a person who does not live in the Netherlands, but has specific Dutch sources of income. For instance Dutch real estate and/or an employment physically exercised in the Netherlands. In that case you are still obliged to pay tax in the Netherlands. In order to gain access to the deductions and levy rebates available for resident taxpayers (for example mortgage interest deduction, tax credits), it is possible to apply to be treated as resident for tax purposes.

What about my tax filing obligations when I leave the Netherlands?

In a year when a person emigrate from the Netherlands a special form called M form must be filed at the Dutch tax authorities. The M form shows a foreign period and resident periods. Based on the tax treaty it can be determined if specific foreign income must be reported or not.

The M form is a quite complicated tax form when to file income tax return in the Netherlands and cannot filed electronically but only in hardcopy. Filing this migration form requires a Dutch tax advisor.

Leaving the Netherlands and possibilities for your own house / real estate

If you emigrate abroad it might be that you do not want to sell your house because the value dropped to much. As a result, there are several tax possibilities available for your own house.

1) Temporarily secondment facility

The temporarily secondment is a special tax facility where it is still possible to deduct the interest on your mortgage used to finance your main residence (100%). In order to qualify for this facility you must meet the following requirements:

  • Before the secondment, the Dutch house qualified for at least a year as your main residence, and;
  • During your secondment no other house qualifies for you as your main residence, and;
  • During your secondment no other person is living in your Dutch house (not renting out), and;
  • The Dutch tax authorities have confirmed that your Dutch house qualifies as your main residence during your secondment.

2) In case of renting out your own house (main residence)

In case you rent out your own house when you emigrate, the house will be taxed in box 3. In this box 3, the income from savings and investments in the Netherlands is taxed. If you do not live in the Netherlands, only certain assets and liabilities fall under taxable income from savings and investments. Generally, this involves immovable property in the Netherlands such as a holiday home. A Dutch bank account / foreign bank account is not taken into account

If you decide to choose for this option, the mortgage interest is no longer deductible in box 1 and the house will be taxed as box 3 income. The received rent is not taxed.

Advice: Try to cover the paid mortgage interest with the rent you would like to receive from your renters.

Want more information about leaving the Netherlands?

Do you want more info about emigration from the Netherlands or want to know what to do with your main residence? We have developed a calculation tool which calculates what is the most advantage for your own house (rent out or not).

Is your question not stated above, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can contact us through the contact form or call us on +31 (0)85 00 30140.

For more information about a Dutch mortgage for expats click here

For more info you can also check the English website of the Dutch tax authorities.

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2 Comments

  1. Kenn 21/08/2015 at 00:49 - Reply

    Hello,

    Is it possible for a highly skilled migrant with a temporary residence permit to leave the Netherlands for an expatriate assignment and still retain their residency status?

    • Folkert Mijlof 28/08/2015 at 16:54 - Reply

      That is possible. Of course this depend on the fact and circumstances but the Netherlands look where the vital point of interest of person is to determine the Dutch fiscal residency.

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