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My tax return has been in the tax office for a long time, but there is no answer. What to do?


Having submitted the declaration to the tax authorities, people begin to expect a quick response and tax refund. When will this treasured blue envelope arrive!

Unfortunately, the response is sometimes delayed. There is no need to worry about this, this is a standard situation. Three months during which people wait for an answer is the minimum period for consideration of declarations. Those who received a response early were simply lucky. That is, when filing a tax return, you need to be prepared for the fact that there will be no response before three months. But the minimum period is not the maximum.

Why are there delays in processing declarations?

There may be several reasons. In particular, the delay may be due to the fact that tax authorities are rechecking data that has raised doubts. But usually everything is somewhat simpler. Taxpayers have to review 12 million or more tax returns a year. Belastingdienst's staff is limited, employees sometimes get sick, and employees physically do not have time to review all declarations exactly three months from the date of their submission. Since the law allows declarations to be processed longer, there is no violation on the part of Belastingdienst. 

What to do?

First of all, stay calm and don't get upset. The administrative apparatus of the Netherlands works smoothly, and the answer will definitely come if the declaration is accepted by the tax authorities. You can check its availability on the website of the tax service (DigiD number, registration, and authorization are required).

What will happen next?

Once you receive a tax decision on your return, you will need to inform them account number for transferring money (if you haven't done this before). Once the tax authorities receive your account number, the money will arrive within 1 week. If you have to pay extra, you have 6 weeks to do so.


We remind you that entrepreneurs and companies need to submit reports to Belastingdienst in a timely manner. To make sure you don't have any problems, we recommend order accounting services at

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