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Project development and VAT-free transfer of rented new property

Recently, the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal (hereafter: the Court of Appeal) decided in two cases, contrary to previous case law confirmed that the sale and delivery of newly manufactured real estate by a project developer can still qualify as a a VAT-free transfer of a totality of goods as of goods as referred to in Article 37d of the Turnover Turnover Tax Act 1968 (hereinafter referred to as: Wet OB). In the first instance the court ruled that this could not be the case. The relevance of these judgments lies in whether or not 21% VAT is owed by the buyer. Especially in cases where there is no (full) right to deduct VAT, these rulings are of great importance for the Real Estate Sector.

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