Refund and contesting dog tax

Did you wrongly receive a bill for the dog tax or a fine? Then you can request a refund or contest the dog tax.

Apply for a refund

Do you no longer have a dog? Or are you moving to another municipality? Ask for a reimbursement of the dog tax which you have overpaid. This is called ontheffing (tax refund). It is important to notify the municipality of any changes within 6 weeks. You will need your assessment notice to apply.

As proof for a refund in your application, you can send a declaration from the veterinarian or crematorium that the dog has died. This is usually the reason why dog owners request a refund. In other cases, you can enclose other proof. It is not mandatory to send proof.

You can apply for a refund by sending a letter to the director of municipal taxes.

Apply for a refund

Make an objection

Do you disagree with the assessment? Do you think you were wrongly given a fine? Then you can make an objection. It is not possible to contest the dog tax or request a refund by telephone.

In writing

You do not have DigiD? Then you can also file an objection in writing. Sign the letter of objection and send it within 6 weeks of the date on the assessment notice to the Municipal Tax Department. The letter should include the following information:

  • your name and address
  • the date
  • the reference number of the assessment
  • the tax year
  • which tax you are contesting
  • the reason for your objection
  • your signature

Do not forget to send an authorisation (machtiging) if you are filing an objection on behalf of someone else.

    Contest the dog tax