Are you an entrepreneur and do you want to benefit from a tax scheme for investing in environmentally friendly technology? You may be eligible for the Environmental investment deduction (MIA) and Arbitrary depreciation of environmental investments (Vamil) schemes.
Through the MIA, you can deduct up to 36% of the investment costs for an environmentally friendly investment on top of your regular investment tax deductions, and with the Vamil you can decide when to write off 75% of your investment costs. This provides you with an advantage in liquidity and interest.
The budget for 2020 for MIA is €124 million. The budget for Vamil in 2020 is €25 million.
For all entrepreneurs
All entrepreneurs in the Netherlands who pay income or company tax can make use of the MIA and Vamil. The tax scheme is interesting for entrepreneurs in different sectors, such as: agriculture, industry, catering companies, business services and waste processing. But also for those who invest in circular economy, sustainable transport, sustainable recreation and sustainable buildings.
To be eligible for MIA and Vamil, you must meet the following general conditions:
- You are an entrepreneur in the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten or one of the BES islands and you pay income or corporation tax.
- You invest in a business asset that is on the Environment List that applies on the date that you commit to the investment.
- The business asset meets the requirements set by the Environment List for the investment.
- You provide permits or certificates if the description on the Environment List requires this.
- You report the business asset on time (main rule: within 3 months after the order for delivery).
- The asset has not been used before.
- The investment costs for the asset to be reported amount to a minimum of €2,500.
Do you want to know which investments apply to MIA and Vamil? Have a look at this year’s Environment list (in Dutch). The investments on the Environment list, called business assets, are minimally damaging to the environment. They often have a wider scope than the obligations in the law.
Submit your product to the Environment list
Have you developed an innovative, environmentally-friendly product or company resource that you want to put on the market? Submit your product to the Environment list. If your product is on the Environment List, your customers in the Netherlands can get a tax benefit. This lowers the financial threshold for the investment.
Companies can make proposals to include a product or business asset on the next Environment list. In order to be considered for the list, the environmental investment has to:
- have a clear yield for the environment;
- be innovative or still have a smaller market share than the conventional product;
- be more expensive than the environmentally friendly alternative.
A new Environment list appears every year. Investments that no longer meet the requirements of the MIA and Vamil as a result of technological advances are removed from the list or adapted, and new innovative investments are added. Your product may be one of the newcomers.
You can read more information about submitting products or company resources for the next Environment list on our proposal Environment list page.
Applying for the MIA and Vamil can be done online. For more information, read our apply page.