WBSO: R&D tax credit

For whom?

Companies and self-employed individuals interested in tax credit

Budget 2024

€ 1.446 million

When to apply?


More information on WBSO

WBSO provides a tax credit for companies and self-employed individuals who engage in R&D work. In this context, R&D means technical/scientific research, developing technologically new products or production processes and developing technologically new software.

With the WBSO, companies can lower the wage costs of employees who are directly involved in R&D as well as deduct R&D expenditures such as material, tooling and external testing costs. A reduction in payroll tax or an increase in tax deductions available to those who are self-employed are available through the WBSO. Applications must be received at least one month prior to the start of the period for which the tax credit is required.

Requirements WBSO

  • The R&D activities must take place within your company by employees on your payroll.
  • The R&D work must take place in the European Union.
  • For each project the applicant must account for the R&D work done, including a specification of hours spent.
  • The technological development must be new to your organisation and pose technical challenges.

Target group

Dutch employers and self-employed individual who are engaged in R&D work.

Contribution in 2024

  • Reduction in payroll tax: for each calendar year, 32% of the first € 350.000 of the total R&D-costs (technical hours and other costs/expenditures), and 16% of the remaining R&D-costs.
  • For “technostarters” (< 5 years) there is a special reduction of 40% (applied to the first € 350.000) or an additional self-employed tax deduction of € 6.245.

The WBSO specialist

Since its launch almost 30 years ago, Hezelburcht has supported hundreds of organizations in applying for WBSO subsidie. This has resulted in a wonderful track record with a success rate of 99%:WBSO Track Record Hezelburcht 2024

More information on the WBSO

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