On September 18, 2018, the Dutch Government announced the budget for 2019. Below we summarize the VAT relevant topics.
As of January 1, 2019, the reduced VAT rate (for food, hotel stay, pharmaceutical products, books, etc.) will be increased from 6% to 9%. The old rate of 6% can be applied regarding advance payments for supplies invoiced in 2018 which will be carried out in 2019.
Currently, individual persons with small businesses can receive a reduction of the payable VAT when their annual payable VAT amount is less than EUR 1,883. As from January 1, 2020, the regulation will be applicable for all small businesses, so for both individual and legal persons (resident in the Netherlands or with a Dutch permanent establishment for VAT purposes). Instead of a reduction of the payable VAT, the Dutch turnover can be exempted when it is less than EUR 20,000. When an entrepreneur requests this exemption, it will be applicable for at least three years.
Council Directive 2017/2455 will be incorporated in the Dutch VAT legislation as from January 1, 2019. As a result of this, the so called Mini One-Stop Shop (MOSS) will include an annual threshold of EUR 10,000 regarding certain cross border e-commerce services to private individuals (electronic, telecommunication and broadcasting services). Cross-border turnover below this threshold is taxable in the country where the entrepreneur is established unless the entrepreneur opts to have the services taxed in the country of its customer.
Due to the ECJ case Bridport and West Dorset Golf Club (C-495/12) and unsuccessful combat of tax avoidance structures by the Dutch Tax Authorities, more activities will be included in the Dutch VAT exemption for sport and sport-related activities as from January 1, 2019. As a result of the expanded exemption, more VAT entrepreneurs will not be able to reclaim input VAT on large investments. These entrepreneurs can apply for a subsidy from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports.
Currently, taxpayers try to avoid tax collection by the Dutch Tax Authorities by, for example, liquidating the legal person that is liable to pay taxes (e.g., VAT). As from 2019, the Dutch Tax Authorities can redress the tax claim to the beneficiaries when they knew or should have known that the tax claim would be avoided by their actions (e.g., liquidation of the legal person).