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Netherlands: Advance tax rulings to expire; re-file ruling requests in 2018

Advance tax rulings in the Netherlands

Changes to the Dutch domestic rules regarding dividend withholding tax and corporate income tax for foreign taxpayers will result in certain advance tax rulings no longer being applicable, beginning 1 January 2018. In situations when taxpayers require certainty, a new ruling request can be filed soon after 1 January 2018, with the ruling having retroactive effect as from 1 January 2018. There is one exception—for existing CV-BV advance tax rulings, a reconfirmation letter can be filed with the Dutch tax authorities before 1 January 2018 to allow for continuous application of the existing CV-BV ruling for the remaining term of the ruling.


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Legislative changes

On Budget Day in September 2017, the Dutch cabinet announced its intention to amend the Dutch dividend withholding tax law and to make related changes to the Dutch corporate income tax law. The new legislation was approved on 19 December 2017 and was set to be published in the following days. The new provisions will be effective 1 January 2018. Every advance tax ruling that involves these rules will in principle end due to the fact there has been “material change of legislation.” The material-change condition is part of all Dutch tax rulings. 

New ruling requests

Taxpayers will need to file new ruling requests after 1 January 2018 to obtain certainty under the new legislation.

The Dutch tax authorities have indicated that ruling requests will only be accepted after 1 January 2018, and approved requests can have retroactive application if the ruling requests are made within a "reasonable" time period after 1 January 2018. 

For existing CV-BV rulings (not involving cooperatives), the Dutch tax authorities have stated that a simple reconfirmation letter can be filed before 1 January 2018. A CV-BV ruling is based on a treaty application, and not domestic application of the Dutch law. To secure continuous application of CV-BV rulings, the Dutch tax authorities have stated that they will accept reconfirmation letters before 1 January 2018. The filing of a reconfirmation letter would be seen as a mere administrative act to allow for the continued application of a current tax ruling. If the reconfirmation letter is approved, the tax ruling will continue to apply for the remaining term of the ruling. 


For more information or for answers about drafting and filing new ruling requests or reconfirmation letters for any existing CV-BV ruling, contact a tax professional with the Netherlands Tax Center of KPMG LLP: 

Aroen Rambhadjan | +1 (212) 954 1859 |

Kees van Meel | +1  (212) 872 6405 |

Luc van der Voort | +1 (212) 954 2146 |

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