Final closure of the Dutch Old Portal for Online Submissions

The so-called Dutch Old Portal for online submissions is finally closing by July 1, 2024. Non-established businesses with VAT registration must now access the new portal.

The closure of the Dutch Old Portal

As part of ongoing efforts to modernize and simplify tax processes, the Dutch tax authorities have announced the closure of the so-called Old Portal (in Dutch language, Oude portaal) for online submissions, effective from July 1, 2024. This closure marks a significant transition towards a more streamlined and efficient system for businesses and entrepreneurs interacting with the Dutch Tax Administration.

The Old Portal, which has been gradually phased out since 2022 for established entities, served as a platform for various online submissions, including VAT declarations, ESL returns, and other tax-related documents. However, with the implementation of enhanced authentication measures and the introduction of eHerkenning available for businesses without a Dutch KVK number, the Old Portal will be finally closed down. 

The closure of the Old Portal started in January 2022 for businesses with a KVK number, i.e., Dutch established businesses. Non-established businesses were able to continue using the Old Portal up until now.    

How to log in to the new portal Mijn Belastingdienst Zakelijk?

These are the options available for online tax filings as from 1 July 2024 in The Netherlands:

  • You can arrange your VAT affairs through Mijn Belastingdienst Zakelijk. For this you need to set up eHerkenning, or DigiD in case you are a sole proprietor or self-employed person, in which case you need to log in instead.
  • You arrange your VAT affairs using accounting software. In that case, you do not need DigiD or eHerkenning.
  • You arrange your VAT affairs via a tax service provider.

One of the primary drivers behind this closure is the simplification of the process to request eHerkenning for companies not registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KVK). This primarily benefits non-established businesses with VAT registration in The Netherlands. Since January 29, 2024, businesses without a KVK number have been able to apply for eHerkenning, thereby gaining access to the Netherlands Tax Administration's online services.

The new portal offers a comprehensive range of services, including VAT declarations, VAT return viewing, objection submissions, registration for EU VAT One-Stop Shop, and more.

For new VAT registered non-established companies, the issuance of Old Portal credentials has been discontinued, further emphasizing the transition to the new system. The closure of the Old Portal signifies a shift towards a more efficient, secure, and user-friendly platform for tax-related interactions, benefiting businesses and taxpayers alike.

The new portal not only consolidates various tax-related services but also enhances accessibility and usability for users. With features such as streamlined submission processes, improved authentication mechanisms, and expanded service offerings, the new platform represents a significant step forward in the digitization of tax administration in the Netherlands.

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