Annual tax seminar and walk-in consultancy organised by the Expat Centre Leiden and LIMES international

SEMINAR                                                                                                                                                                     On Tuesday 5 March 2019 Expat Centre Leiden and LIMES international organise their annual tax seminar explaining the Dutch tax (filing) system and the 30%-ruling in more detail.

Date:     Tuesday 5 March 2019                                                                                                                          Time:     19.30 – 21.00
Place:    Voorschoterweg 23G, Valkenburg ZH (close to Leiden)

The maximum number of guests for this event is limited (25): first come, first serve. Afterwards you will be offered a drink in the restaurant Spijs & Wijn located on the ground floor. During our seminar, the following -amongst others- issues will be discussed. Please find the link to register on the top of this page. 

Do I have to file a tax return?
To start with some good news: often, you are not obliged, and it is not worthwhile to file a Dutch tax return. This is generally the case if you only had Dutch employment income during the complete calendar year and you are not entitled to any deductions (like mortgage interest) and you did not receive an invitation from the Dutch Tax Authorities to file a Dutch tax return.

However, in the following situations it is required or can be worthwhile to file a Dutch tax return:

  • You are invited to file your Dutch income tax return
  • You arrived or left the Netherlands during the year
  • You paid mortgage interest on a loan relating to your own house in the Netherlands

When do I have to file my tax return?
In the Netherlands the tax year coincides with the calendar year. Your 2018 Dutch income tax return must be submitted between 1 March and 1 May 2019. You may request for a further extension, which will be granted until 1 September 2019 and until 1 May 2020 if requested via a tax service provider.

When can I expect my refund?
If you file your tax return before 1 April 2019 it is guaranteed that you will receive a reaction/preliminary assessment before 1 July 2019. If you file your return before 1 May 2019, it is expected that you receive a reaction before 1 July 2019.

How can I file my tax return?
You can file your Dutch tax return via the website of the Dutch tax authorities. However, this is only available in Dutch and you will need your DigiD. Please note it may take a few weeks to arrange for your DigiD, so if you do not have one yet, we advise to apply for one soonest (at You will also need this DigiD to activate your account at, which is used for digital communication from the Dutch tax authorities.
Another possibility to file your tax return is the use of the tax return app 2018. Finally, you can file your tax return with the help of a tax advisor. M forms, however, for taxpayers who entered or left the Netherlands during the year, can only be filed on paper (and in Dutch) via the tax authorities. Tax advisors are able to electronically file M forms via their special tax preparation software.

Other questions?
Obviously, you can ask any questions relating to your specific personal tax situation.

WALK-IN CONSULTANCY                                                                                                                                      Each year in the month March LIMES international is also available at the Expat Centre Leiden for a walk-in consultancy. For 2019 the walk-in consultancy hours are scheduled on 21 March from 9.30am until noon and on. In case you have any general questions, just pop in.


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