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Are my rates without taxes?
Thread poster: Translator98
Local time: 11:30
Dutch to Danish
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Sep 14, 2005

Hi there,
I'm just starting out as a freelancer and would like to know if the agencies have to pay the taxes on top of my normal rates? I live and work in The Netherlands. How do I put this on my invoice?


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Timothy Barton
Local time: 11:30
Member (2006)
French to English
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Why not ask in the Dutch forum... Sep 14, 2005

That way people will be able to tell you the correct VAT rate to add on your bills and any other taxes (probably income tax).

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Jana Teteris  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:30
Latvian to English
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What sort of taxes? Sep 14, 2005

When you say 'taxes', do you mean VAT, income tax or corporation tax?

As far as I know, no VAT is applied for translation services performed between two Member States. Income tax cannot be applied to an invoice, as I take it that you are not an employee of the agency, but an independent service provider (either self-employed or operating as a company).

In a nutshell, you, and you alone, are responsible for your own taxes and I suggest that the first thing you do (if you haven't already done so) is to register with your local tax office.

[Edited at 2005-09-14 16:41]

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Agnieszka Hayward
Local time: 11:30
German to Polish
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Dutch forums & Tax Office Sep 14, 2005

why not ask other Prozarians from the Netherlands and/ or your local Tax Office?

IMHO you should add the VAT (at your local rate) on top of your rate, if billing a client domestically.

If you send an invoice to a client in another EU country, they pay the VAT at THEIR local rate.

AFAIK there is no VAT added on either end when billing clients from outside the EU.


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Hester Eymers  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:30
Member (2005)
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VAT (BTW) on top of rate Sep 15, 2005


I always charge VAT (called BTW in the Netherlands) on top of my rate. In some cases you don't have to charge BTW. If in doubt, I call my "tax adviser" (?) (belastingadviseur) and she tells me which rules apply.

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