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Shipping & tax relief schemes

Attractive tax relief schemes for the shipping and offshore industries

The Netherlands is a leading country in the shipping and offshore industries and offers attractive tax relief schemes and subsidies for companies operating in these sectors. These include the tonnage tax regime, reduced payroll taxes for seamen and the elimination and reduction of freight taxes among other schemes. Our specialists will be happy to help you navigate your way through the various options.

Tonnage tax regime: taxable profits based on tonnage

Activities that involve the transportation of goods and passengers by sea may be eligible for the Dutch tonnage tax regime. If the regime is applied, the taxable profit derived from the activity is calculated on the basis of the ship’s net tonnage irrespective of the actual profit. In many cases, application of the tonnage tax regime results in a considerable financial advantage.

International expertise and experience

Many countries offer similar tax regimes for companies operating in the shipping and offshore. PwC is aware of the schemes available worldwide and can advise you on the best options.

Certainty in advance

Not all offshore activities are eligible for the tonnage tax regime. PwC can help you agree specific tax treatment with the tax authorities early on. That way you know what you are dealing with in advance.

Structuring and financing

Obtaining financing is increasingly difficult in the shipping and offshore industries. Under certain circumstances tax relief schemes, subsidies and/or the right structuring can contribute to successful negotiation of the financing you need. PwC specialists will be happy to advise and assist.

"In many cases, application of the tonnage tax regime results in a considerable financial advantage."

Jeroen Boonacker, partner

Contact us

Jeroen Boonacker

Partner, PwC Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)65 333 67 48

Erwin van den Bree

Partner, PwC Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)88 792 34 04

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