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Traders Must Use New Dutch VAT ID Numbers From 2020

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

08 January 2020


From January 1, 2020, sole proprietors in the Netherlands will be required to use new value-added tax identification numbers.

At present, VAT ID numbers include a sole proprietor's citizen services number (BSN), a unique and confidential number allocated to everyone registered in the Personal Records Database, which is used to access government services. However, the Dutch Data Protection Authority has said that it is inappropriate for the BSN to be displayed on a trader's invoice.

The new personal VAT ID is a unique number consisting of a series of 14 characters. From January 1, 2020, sole proprietors must display their new VAT ID number on invoices and on their websites instead of their existing VAT numbers. However, current VAT numbers will continue to be used for communication with the tax authorities and for VAT returns.

The Dutch Ministry of Finance has already informed affected taxpayers by letter of the changes.

The changes mean that traders registered for VAT in other European Union member states must include the new VAT number on invoices for all intra-community supplies to sole proprietors in the Netherlands. Tax authorities in other EU member states have warned that failure to use the correct VAT ID number on invoices could result in loss of VAT exemption on intra-community supplies.

TAGS: Finance | tax | business | proprietors | value added tax (VAT) | Netherlands | trade | services | Europe | Tax

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