Tourist Tax On The Rise in Netherlands

February 24, 2016 Taxation in Netherlands

AMSTERDAM – Collection of tourist taxes is gathering steam in the Netherlands, with millions more expected to be brought in this year compared to 2015, especially in Amsterdam.

Over the course of 2016 the level of tax revenues to be collected from tourist taxes in the Netherlands will rise by 8.6 percent, compared to the level seen last year, according to new information released in a report by the statistical agency of the Netherlands CBS.

It is expected that the tourist tax will result in tax collections totaling EUR 188.6 million over the course of the year.

The tourist tax is paid for each night stayed in a hotel or other accommodation, with the rate being set separately in each municipality across the Netherlands.

The significant rise in the tax revenues to be collected from the tourist tax has been attributed to an even larger rise in the collection of the tax in Amsterdam, which is expected to see a rise in revenues of 25 percent, compared to 2015.

The tax revenues to be collected from Amsterdam far outweigh any other large city in the country, with Amsterdam’s revenues set to be more than the total amount to be collected in Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

In the future the amount of taxes collected for tourist accommodation may rise even further, as the government has launched a new project to automatically gather and analyze data on private accommodation providers, such as those using the online service AirBnB, to ensure that eligible accommodation does not slip through the cracks.

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