Foreigners residing in the Netherlands can either work for local businesses or establish their own companies. For the past few years people increasingly choose the second option, relying on the governmental support for start-ups.

One of the profitable businesses foreigners can establish in the Netherlands is shops. There are not many requirements to be fulfilled or licenses to be obtained. One significant advantage is the possibility to stock shops with quality products delivered from local manufacturers and producers. This is … Read more

If you intend to start a business on the European continent, you have to choose a suitable country to begin with.  Europe includes 44 countries (28 members of the EU) of various sizes, languages and levels of economic development. You might consider the Netherlands as a good place to establish your European business. The five main reasons why you should are listed below.

  1. English will do everywhere

Regardless of the part of Holland you are in, the locals will speak … Read more

In the Netherlands, you have the option to discuss the tax position of your company with the Tax Administration and reach together an agreement regarding the consequences tax-wise. This agreement is binding for the taxpayer and the authorities. It needs to reflect the qualification and interpretation of facts and to conform to the national tax legislation, i.e. it should not contradict it. As of 2004 the policy on rulings is split in two general parts: for advance pricing agreements … Read more

According to the legislation on the types of investment vehicles that can be registered in Holland, these structures may be established as investment companies or funds. Investors intending to go through the procedure for starting a fund can register their vehicles as closed- or open-ended forms of business.

Legal entities applicable for investment funds in the Netherlands

The Dutch legislation relating to investment funds includes various acts concerning the different regulated vehicles. To give an example, funds with a closed … Read more

The procedures for appointment and dismissal of staff are partially covered by the Civil Code of the Netherlands and partially clarified by the judicial system. It is relatively easy to employ staff, but it may prove tricky to dismiss employees.

Employment contracts under Dutch law

The Dutch law on employment does not require a contract in written form. However, it is advisable to conclude written contracts with your employees to avoid discussions about the arrangements. It is good to start … Read more

The flourishing city of Utrecht is famous for being creative, healthy, talented and smart. Its residents, knowledge institutes, local authorities and companies work in collaboration to achieve social sustainability. This is the ideal location for establishing a business, thanks to its central position on the map, accessibility, favourable business atmosphere and highly qualified workforce. Furthermore, Utrecht offers various office and business locations in its historic inner part and its innovative Science Park.

One of the most competitive regions in Europe

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The Netherlands has a rare combination of characteristics that encourage international investments and form the country as a competitive and highly popular business centre.

Holland is strategically located in Western Europe, allowing investors to establish suitable bases for their shipping and trade operations. Furthermore, the outstanding infrastructure and accessibility make the country an extremely popular destination for European, American and Asian investors who have opted for setting up an office in the Netherlands.

Advantageous taxation principles

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Last year the Dutch electronic commerce was worth €22.5 billion and can grow to approximately €25 billion before the start of 2019, showing an 11% increase. This rate of expansion is a bit slower compared to the 13% increase in the Dutch electronic commerce turnover reported for 2017.

These conclusions are based on the report of the E-commerce Foundation on the Netherlands for 2018. Wijnand Jongen, chief executive officer of Thuiswinkel.org – a Dutch electronic commerce association, stated that online … Read more

A Netherlands-based company may decide to sell shares due to the expansion of the business or as a plan to accumulate larger income. The acquired capital may be directed towards debt repayment or reinvestment in the business.

A Dutch company can sell or transfer shares only in accordance with the provisions of the Association Articles. Share transfers also require the preparation of notarial deeds. Companies can become public by entering the stock market and offering shares publicly. Only certain company … Read more

Holland has signed numerous treaties for the avoidance of double taxation. These bilateral pacts ensure tax relief by avoiding double taxation with respect to income of individuals derived from both a source in Holland and another country.

The Netherlands has signed close to 100 double tax avoidance treaties. Investors planning to establish local businesses should obtain information regarding the advantages offered by these treaties, in case they are applicable to their home countries. For example, Holland has signed such treaties Read more