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Tax on selling property in the Netherland: a quick guide

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Taxation of profit made on the sale of a property in the Netherlands

This article will be of use if:

  • you are not from the Netherlands, and
  • you're going to sell a property located in a Dutch city (Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Eindhoven, etc.), and
  • you could use some information on the tax issues when you are property in the Netherlands

This post consists of the following topics:

  1. No capital gain tax in the Netherlands
  2. No tax on profit when selling property in the Netherlands
  3. Transfer tax paid by the buyer
  4. Exceptions to the rule

 

For your information: I am a 27-year-old Dutchman myself with a lot of expat friends.

You might come across some medium structured sentences. Let's say, my knowledge on the Dutch real estate market is far better than my English (feel free to send an e-mail to info@mijnverkoopmakelaar.nl if the error is too big to ignore).

I share articles related to the Dutch real estate market, because I hate that expats are being exploited by my fellow country men, especially in the housing market.

Further down this page, you will find some information on what it is we do (Mijn Verkoopmakelaar) and how that could be of use during this selling process. 

Let's get started.

 

1. No capital gain tax in the Netherlands

Let's start with a general view on taxation in the Netherlands. Here, the system of taxation is different from in most other countries

Most jurisdiction tax the capital gains of their citizens. This is different in the Netherlands. Instead, the authorities will use an assumed, fictional return on investment, and that they tax their citizens accordingly. I won't dig too deep in to this, but it works like this:

An example: Your net assets are accumulated €200,000. The authorities assume you make 4% on that net assets. From that gain, they take 30%. So effectively, you pay 1.2% on your net assets, being: €2,400.

No matter your actual situations or no matter the economic developments, for years the authorities works with this fictional 1.2% tax rate on net worth. This results in the following result: if your capital gains are higher than 4%, it is yours to keep.

 

2. No tax on profit when selling property in the Netherlands

When you sell a property in the Netherlands with a profit, this profit will not be taxed.

An example: You have bought a property in Amsterdam 4 years ago for €300,000. You sell this house now for €380,000. This results in an €80,000 profit. All of this money is yours to keep.

Tax treaties prevent other countries (your home country) to tax the profit you have made on your sale of a property located in the Netherlands.

 

3. Transfer tax paid by the buyer

The acquisition of a property is not totally free of tax. The buyer needs to pay transfer tax. The transfer tax rate on dwellings is 2%. The transfer rate on other real estate is 6%.

 

4. Exceptions to the rule

When you are not operating as an individual, but through a company or other entity, different rules apply. In this case, it is strongly advised to get professional support on this subject.

 

More on selling property in the Netherlands, here:

  

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FAQ about tax on selling property in the Netherlands

  • Do you have to pay capital gain taxes on the property sale in the Netherlands?

    No. You don't have to pay capital gain tax on the selling of your property.

  • Do you have to pay extra tax on the profit you make on the sale of your property in the Netherlands?

    No. You do not have to pay tax on the profit you make on the sale of your property in the Netherlands.

  • What tax do need to be paid on the sale of property in the Netherlands?

    The acquisition of a property is not totally free of tax. In the Netherland the buyer needs to pay transfer tax. The transfer tax rate on dwellings is 2%. The transfer rate on other real estate is 6%.

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