VAT & real estate transfer tax

Experts in VAT and RETT

DHK Tax & Legal is a expert in the field of value added tax (VAT) and real estate transfer tax (RETT). In this area we advise on a wide range of tax issues, for larger and smaller entrepreneurs, both nationally and internationally.

We see it as our task to meet the needs of our customers: clear advice that is focused on finding solutions instead of identifying problems.

In this context, we not only provide tax analyzes and advice on optimizing your tax position, but we also support (periodic) consultations with the Tax Authorities and we represent the interests of our clients in tax procedures up to and including the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.

“We offer clear tax advice that focuses on finding solutions instead of identifying problems.”

Our services

We are specialists in the area of VAT & real property transfer tax, and give advice on a wide range of issues relating to these taxes. We see it as our task to meet the specific needs of our clients, and to provide advice that enables these needs to be fulfilled. In this context, we not only give tax analyses and advice but also assist with (periodic) discussions with the Dutch Tax & Customs Administration (TCA: Belastingdienst) and represent our clients’ interests in tax proceedings at all levels, up to and including the Supreme Court of the Netherlands and the European Court of Justice.

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Assistance with real property projects

We specialise in assisting with the tax aspects of real property projects, from the planning phase to the completion phase. In the planning phase, the focus is on producing a tax plan. We check this plan for the parties concerned, to ensure that the tax outcome is correct. During the course of a real estate project, our advice is constantly updated in consultation with the client to include any changes in the situation. If necessary, we will consult with the Dutch Tax & Customs Administration (TCA: Belastingdienst) to obtain specific rulings.

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Structuring of VAT & real property transfer tax for multinationals and company takeovers

The way a (multinational) group is structured determines its tax position. We have extensive experience with analysing such groups in terms of the best possible tax position. An aspect that is often relevant here is the “VAT group”. We also have extensive experience with advising on the consequences of intercompany transfer transactions, both within the Netherlands and cross-border.

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VAT analysis of companies and non-profit organisations

We have extensive experience in conducting VAT analyses for companies and organisations, particularly including those that are unable to deduct all the VAT they have paid as input tax. For these “mixed” companies and organisations, other important tax aspects are the calculation (and checking) of the “integration” VAT on real property, and the “adjustment” of VAT on movable and real property. At DHK we have developed our own method for reporting the calculations in an efficient and verifiable format to the client and the Dutch Tax & Customs Administration (TCA: Belastingdienst), as the basis for the refund of pro rata VAT.

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Proceedings at district court, appeal court, Supreme Court of the Netherlands and European Court of Justice

In practice, a difference of opinion can sometimes arise with the Dutch Tax & Customs Administration (TCA: Belastingdienst). If it proves impossible to resolve this difference of opinion by discussion, it can be necessary and/or desirable to commence tax proceedings. These proceedings start with the submission of a letter of objection to the TCA (within the applicable time limit) against an additional VAT assessment or your own VAT return. On the basis of this letter of objection, the TCA will have to reconsider the assessment or return. DHK can also assist you in this early “preliminary stage”.

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Back office for accountancy firms and law firms

We often act as a “taxation back office” for other business service providers, such as accountants, lawyers and notaries. In our specialist fields of both VAT & real property transfer tax and customs & international trade, we advise on issues that are important for the business services provided by these firms to their clients. The way this advice is given is discussed and agreed in advance with the business service provider that engaged us.

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