We receive reports of malicious and phishing messages, which appear to come from the Dutch tax office. These messages may come in the form of a regular letter, an e-mail, a WhatsApp message, sms and other apps or just a phone call. The Dutch tax office never sends such messages about payments arrears.
The Dutch tax office informs you about a possible payment arrear per regular postal letter.
I received a message supposedly from the tax office about a payment arrear
If you received a request from the Dutch tax office about a payment arrear and you are unsure if it is real, contact us or the Dutch tax office (0800 - 0543 inside the Netherlands only).
Verify the account number before making an actual payment
If you receive a letter requesting to make a payment to the Dutch tax office, it should always be a Dutch bank account. Please verify the account number before paying into it. The following account numbers belong to the Dutch tax office. Do not make tax payments into an account number not listed!
Legitimate Dutch Tax Office Bank Accounts:
Do not make tax payments into an account number not listed above!
What is a safe way to make payments to the Dutch tax office?
We strongly recommend you to always verify carefully if the account number you're requested to pay into it is in above list. If so, it is safe to pay! Even if the payment turns out to be incorrect you can expect the Dutch tax office to refund it. The tax office usually requests payments into account NL86INGB0002445588. Any payments into this account, or any other in the list, is legitimate.
I have just paid into an account not belonging to the Dutch tax office
If you just paid into a bank account not belonging to the Dutch tax office, contact your bank right away. In certain situations your bank may be able to block the transfer.
What is Phishing?
Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords. The information is then used to access important accounts and can result in identity theft and financial loss.
Typically, malicious messages may contain one or more of the following characteristics:
- Poorly worded Dutch (tax office letters are almost exclusively stated in Dutch. Any other language is suspicious)
- Typically, you are about to receive a surprise refund or payment request
- Sender's e-mail address domain is not equal to 'belastingdienst.nl'
- You are asked to following a link or download an attachment (Don't do that!)