File a return for bpm
Do you register a car or motorcycle from abroad in the Dutch vehicle registration system? Then you must file a bpm return. Before you can file a bpm return, you must have the passenger car, van or motorcycle identified or inspected at an RDW inspection station (RDW = Netherlands Vehicle Authority).
As a private individual you can choose whether you file your bpm return online or on paper (only available in Dutch).
When do I file a return for bpm
Are you buying a new passenger car or a new motorcycle in the Netherlands? If so, the importer will file a return and pay the bpm on your behalf. Once the bpm return has been filed and the bpm paid, the RDW will issue the registration documents for your vehicle. After this you can use your passenger vehicle or motorcycle on public roads.
You should file a return and pay bpm in the following cases:
- You buy a passenger car or motorcycle abroad. You wish to use the car or motorcycle on the public road in the Netherlands.
- You buy a delivery van abroad and you do not meet the requirements of the Entrepreneurs Scheme.
- You convert a delivery van into a passenger car. You wish to drive it on the public road in the Netherlands.
- You have got and use a foreign-registered passenger car, motorcycle or delivery van.
- You loaned, rented or leased and use on the public road in the Netherlands a foreign-registered passenger car, motorcycle of delivery van. And the period laid down in the rental or lease contract is no longer than 4 years. In that case you only pay bpm over the rental or lease period.
- You have caused the engine of your passenger car to change in such a way, within 3 years of its registration in the Dutch vehicle registration system, that the CO2 emission is higher than the CO2 emission over which tax is paid.