Requesting an OV-verklaring
If you pay your own travel expenses to and from your work, then you may be eligible for a travel cost deduction from the tax office with an OV-verklaring or a travel declaration.
What is an OV-verklaring, and when do you need to request one?
An OV-verklaring or travel declaration is a document proving that you have traveled via public transport. How and where you request an OV-verklaring depends on the type of ticket that you use:
- If you travel with an annual route season ticket such as Altijd Vrij Annual and Traject Vrij Annual, then the tax office automatically receives a report.
- If you travel with a Weekend Vrij, Traject Vrij monthly ticket or Altijd Vrij monthly, then you must request an OV-verklaring yourself.
- For other season tickets, whether or not you must request an OV-verklaring depends on your employer. If the NS-Business Card is paid for by your employer, then you do not need to request an OV-verklaring. Self-employed people can request a tax refund using the invoices from Mijn NS Zakelijk.
How to request an OV-verklaring
Request an OV-verklaring from the transport company with who you travel for your work. Archive your OV-verklaring carefully, as the tax office may ask for it. It is also a good idea to keep track of your OV-chipkaart and the season tickets that you have used over the course of the year. When you request an OV-verklaring, the NS is required to provide the tax office with your travel data.
If you cannot request an OV-verklaring because you travel for work using single-use tickets or your OV-chipkaart without season tickets, you can ask your employer for a travel declaration. With this travel declaration and your tickets, you can prove to the tax office that you have traveled via public transport. You can also show the payment information for your OV-chipkaart or an overview of your travel history using your OV-chipkaart.
Multiple work locations
If you travel to multiple locations for work on the same day, then you can only deduct the travel costs for the destination you travel to most often. In the event of an equal number of destinations, use the one with the longest distance. For an overview of the amounts you may deduct, see the Tax office public transport deduction table.
Student travel product
Travelers with a Weekend or Week season ticket can request an OV-verklaring from the DUO (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs).