VAT rates

Various VAT rates applies to goods and services. In general, the VAT rate is 21%. For some goods and services a reduced VAT rate of 9% applies. If you trade in countries outside the Netherlands, a 0% VAT rate may apply. Some services are exempt from VAT. As of 1 January 2019, the low VAT rate has been raised from 6% to 9%.

In general, the VAT rate is 21%. Some notable exceptions exist.

Lower 9% VAT rate for goods

  • Food and beverages
  • Water
  • Agricultural goods
  • Medicines and medical devices
  • Art, collectables and antique
  • Books, magazines and news


Lower 9% VAT rate for services

  • Repair of bicycle
  • Repair of shoes and leather
  • Repair of clothing and household linen
  • Hair-dressers
  • Maintaince work to residential houses
  • Camping and lodges
  • Culture and recreation
  • Artists and mucisians
  • Sport, sauna's and swimming pools
  • People transport 

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