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Tax and Customs Administration

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Tax and Customs Administration
Tax and Customs Administration logo
Tax and Customs Administration logo
MottoLeuker kunnen we het niet maken, wel makkelijker
We cannot make it more fun, but we can make it easier
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionNetherlands
Specialist jurisdictions
Operational structure
Parent agencyMinistry of Finance

The Tax and Customs Administration (Dutch: Belastingdienst, lit.'Tax Service') is the tax collection and customs service of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is part of the Ministry of Finance and is responsible for levying and collecting taxes in the Netherlands.

Besides tax revenue, other operational areas of the Tax and Customs Administration include:

The Tax and Customs Administration was founded as an organisation in 1805; it falls under the political responsibility of the Minister of Finance. Two State Secretaries within the Ministry of Finance in the Fourth Rutte cabinet work with the Tax and Customs Administration.[1]

In addition to the government tax service, there are many other tax authorities, such as the municipal tax authorities that deal with the collection and collection of local taxes.[2]


Tax and Customs Administration building, Amsterdam

The Tax and Customs Administration is responsible for raising the income of the government. From this income, general provisions are paid, such as roads, schools and certain benefits (assistance, allowances, child allowance). Furthermore, many subsidies from, notably, theatre companies and sports clubs are paid from the general funds.


A Dutch Customs Agency Volkswagen Golf patrol car
Customs vessel Grote Stern in the Port of Rotterdam in 2015

The Tax and Customs Administration is part of the Ministry of Finance and consists of nine organisational units: Particulieren (Individuals), Midden- en kleinbedrijf (Small and medium-sized enterprises), Grote ondernemingen (Large companies), Centrale Administratieve processen (Central Administrative processes), Klantinteractie en Services (Customer interaction and Services), Informatievoorziening (Provision of information), Douane (Customs), Fiscale inlichtingen- en opsporingsdienst (Fiscal intelligence and investigation service) and Toeslagen (Social security).[3]

The Director-General (DG) and the Deputy Director-General (pDG) are in charge of the Tax and Customs Administration. The underlying services from the primary process are managed directly by the Director General. The non-primary processes are largely controlled by the pDG.

Small arms[edit]

Walther P99Q NL (H3) police duty pistol introduced in 2013

Customs Agents are armed with Walther P5 pistols, as for the National Police and the Royal Marechaussee.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Marnix van Rij is de nieuwe staatssecretaris van de Belastingdienst", Tax and Customs Administration (in Dutch), 11 January 2022.
  2. ^ Belastingdienst. "Individuals". www.belastingdienst.nl. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Directoraat-generaal Belastingdienst". Ministerie van Financiën. Rijksoverheid.nl. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Draagt een douanier een vuurwapen?".