What is the deadline for filing a tax return?

The tax authorities send out the invitations to file a tax return from January each year. The invitation can be sent later though. If you have received an
invitation to file a tax return a deadline will be applicable. The deadline is mentioned on the invitation. It is important that you check your personal
details which are mentioned on the invitation.

The tax authorities determine based on the information they already have about you for the applicable tax year and previous tax years whether you will receive an invitation. The tax authorities receive information from different sources like your employer, banks, mortgage providers, municipality etc. This means that not everybody will receive an invitation.

The standard deadline to file a tax return is May 1 (before 2014 the deadline was April 1). If a foreign period is involved the standard deadline is July 1. The deadline must at least be a month from the moment you receive the invitation. The deadline can be extended by filing a request for a time extension. If Expatax will prepare the tax return we will put your tax return on the special time extension agreement we have with the tax authorities. This way the deadline is extended to May 1 of the following year. But whether you file before May 1 or not, it is important to take action.

If you haven’t received an invitation to file a tax return you don’t have to worry about the May 1 or July 1 deadline. In that case a deadline is not applicable. However, if you know that you will have to pay additional income tax, for example in case you earned income which was not yet taxed at source in the Netherlands, like freelance income or income from abroad, you will have to request a tax return if you did not receive an invitation before August 1.

If you believe you can claim a refund and haven’t received an invitation you can still file a tax return without the invitation. A tax return can be filed for the past 5 years.

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