Working as a freelancer in the Netherlands

Freelance income is all income that cannot be regarded as:

  • profits from business activities
  • income from employment (wage, including government)
  • income as an artist or professional athlete

If you are performing freelance activities in the Netherlands, for example giving a lecture, you pay taxes in Belgium on the income you earn on those activities. If this income is exempted from taxation under Belgian tax legislation, then the Netherlands still has the right to levy tax on it. Therefore, in such cases you have to pay taxes in the Netherlands.

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