Immigration checklist - what do I need to know?

If you come from another country to live in the Netherlands, there is a lot coming your way. Here you can read what you need to know. 

  • Your tax liability changes

    In the year of your immigration, the way you pay tax changes.

    Until your move to the Netherlands you are:

    As soon as you move to the Netherlands you become a resident taxpayer. That means:

    • You pay income tax in the Netherlands.
    • You file your income tax return in the Netherlands.
    • You pay national insurance contributions and the healthcare insurance contribution if you are socially insured in the Netherlands.
  • Apply for a DigiD
    You will need a DigiD to file an online income tax return and to apply for tax creditsIf you do not yet have a DigiDapply for it via Apply for DigiD.
  • Filing an income tax return
    When you are due to file an income tax return you will usually receive a letter from us asking you to do so. If you do not receive a tax return letter, you can check yourself whether you have to pay tax or will be receiving a refund. Go to Mijn Belastingdienst, log in with your DigiD and complete the online tax return. 
    Please note!

    For the year in which you move to the Netherlands, you can only file a return using an M Form. Apply for the M Form online.

  • Benefits - check if you are entitled to them
    Do you have health insurance, a rental home or children? If so, you may be eligible for a contribution towards the costs. Such a contribution is known as a benefit. Check if you are entitled to benefits.
  • Social security - you do not want to be insured
    If you live in the Netherlands, you are usually automatically covered by the national insurance schemes. You pay national insurance contributions over your wages or benefits for this. If you do not want this insurance, you can request an exemption from the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) for the General Old Age Pensions Act (AOW), the Surviving Dependents Act (Anw), child benefits and the Long-Term Care Act (Wlz). This exemption is subject to conditions.

    If you have an exemption or statement to the effect that you are not insured under the Wlz, you no longer pay any contribution. You are then also no longer insured.
  • Citizen Service Number - register with your municipality
    The citizen service number is your own number for contact with the Dutch government. You will receive this number when you register with the municipality where you are going to live. Take proof of identity with you when you register. 
  • Moving household effects - what about Customs?
    You do not usually have to pay any tax for your household effects when you move to the Netherlands. Read more about International relocation and customs
  • Make arrangements for your car or motorcycle
    Register your car or motorcycle with the RDW (National Vehicle and Driving Licence Registration Authority) to import it in the Netherlands. This will provide you with a Dutch license plate. You can read exactly how this works in Moving to the Netherlands and bringing your vehicle.

    If you have any questions, please call the Tax Information Line Cars.

  • Send us your account number
    We need your bank account number to send you tax refunds. For this purpose use the form Opgaaf rekeningnummer particulieren (only available in Dutch).