real estate taxes
An interview with Dick Tommel, chairman of the thematic group 'Save the Climate' within the NRP, about changing the tax system in the Netherlands after a debate with Frank Bijdendijk, chairman of the National Renovation Platform (NRP). On the picture respectively right and left.
"What we want to change is, to make renovation cheaper, and building new real estate more expensive. People have to be careful. Is it really necessary to build new houses, offices, churches. There is now a Value Added Tax (VAT), 21 % for everything. We need to change and implement a low tariff of 6 % for renovation and 21 % for new buildings. This delivers a good maintenance program. This will work out very well, people are sensible for tax changes.
Energy saving will not occur by differentiation of the VAT. European policy is to get every building to be energy zero, that is a building which produces as much energy as it consumes, in 2050. The stimulation has to come also from subsidies and regulation, too. Regulation in the long run will be unavoidable. That means in the future you won't be able to use the property in the case it is not at the standard energy fficiency level. People need time. They can afford this, but collecting the money takes time, it can take 5 to 8 years. We prefer the investments made by the owners, and not by the government".