Local taxes The Hague region

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Municipalities issue various kinds of taxes to its citizens. While certain taxes are a set rule for everybody, such as sewage and waste, additional taxes may depend on your living situation. If you are privileged, you may be exempt for some taxes. However, you will have to pay levies for services rendered by municipal or other government authorities, such as waste collection and water purification.

Sewage taxes

The houses and buildings in the Netherlands are connected to the main municipal sewage system. Each household can use up to 500 cubic metres of wastewater; if you discharge more than this, you will be charged sewage costs for users. If you own (movable) property, you will have to pay a sewage charge for owners.

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Waste taxes

At a minimum of once a week, your household waste will be picked up by the municipal service. That is why you need to pay waste tax (afvalstoffenheffing). You will usually receive this bill in mid-February. This tax will depend on the amount of people living in your house.

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Dog taxes

Dogs are some of the most cherished pets in the Netherlands. If you have a dog, you will need to register it within 6 weeks at the municipality. Regardless of the size of the dog, you will have to pay a fee for every dog you own.

If you have a guide or service dog, you may request a dog tax exemption. In all other cases, you will have two months to pay the full instalment.

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Property taxes (onroerendezaakbelasting)

If you own any property, such as an apartment, house or business premises, you will receive a municipal tax bill (woonlastennota) in February of each year. The tax is based on the value of your property.

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Other incidental taxes

How to pay your taxes?

Generally, Dutch municipalities accept payments in different ways; by direct debit, accept giro payment, online banking, cash payments and by bank card. Generally, all instalments will have to be paid at once. Under some circumstances, you may be able to spread your payments or ask for an exemption.

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