Freelancing and Taxing in EU (Netherlands)
Thread poster: _TILLI

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Oct 16, 2006

My family moves to the Netherlands and I'm planning to continue my freelancing there. BUT: what's is peculiar about freelance translating in EU? what migration status is required for that? do freelancers pay taxes? thanx!

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Do freelancers pay taxes? Oct 16, 2006

Er, I am afraid so...

While waiting for a reply from our colleagues in the Netherlands, have a look at this:

All the best

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avantix  Identity Verified
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The basics Oct 16, 2006

Hi Tilli,

First of all: like anyone who has an income, you'll have to pay income tax.

If you want to get established as a free-lance translator in the Netherlands, there are a only a few basic things you have to do:

1. Register with the Chamber of Commerce ( this will cost you approx 65 euro annually).

2. Contact the tax office and

a) apply for a VAT-number (Value-Added Tax). If you have only a limited inland turnover, there is a possibility to apply for VAT-exemption afterwards, but you'll need the number not only for paying VAT but also to be able to send EU-clients invoices without adding VAT to the net amount.

b) apply for a VAR-statement. This is an official document(to be renewed every year - free of charge) stating that the tax authorities officially recognise you as a free-lancer. (Inland) outsourcers need a copy of this document to their files so that they can prove that they do not employ you. In order to qualify for a VAR-statement you need more than 3 clients, but you'll be given ample time to settle and get there.

If you have more questions, please, contact me directly through my Proz profile. I'll be happy to help as far as I can.


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Stephanie Wloch  Identity Verified
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Kamer van Koophandel - why Oct 17, 2006

avantix wrote:
1. Register with the Chamber of Commerce ( this will cost you approx 65 euro annually).

What for? I am not registered and I know a lot of colleagues here who are not. This is imho not a duty and I do not see advantages either. For an agency of course its quite different.

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