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Company Register Netherlands

Intercompany Solutions can assist you with registering a company in the Netherlands. All documents we require are a Passport copy (I) and a Utility Bill (Proof of Address) (II) and a Power of Attorney (III). After receipt of the documents, we can form the company and finalize the process with publication of the incorporation documents in the company register Netherlands. We can perform a company registration remotely, our clients do not have to travel.

The advantage to register your company in the Netherlands can be numerous. An EORI number and Dutch VAT number, allow your company to perform business in the Netherlands, even to import goods excluded of VAT advances. This can mean a huge advantage for the cash flow of an import- and export company in the Netherlands.

A company registration in the Netherlands

A Netherlands company registration is finalized by a registration in the Netherlands Trade Register. For representation purposes, you will be seen as a company in the Netherlands, with the Netherlands’ excellent reputation, this allows for more access to business in Europe.

A Company register Netherlands may be performed from anywhere globally. Our service is to guarantee a smooth company registration in the Netherlands and assist you to start your new business. We can also assist you with a Dutch VAT number and opening a Netherlands company bank account.

Netherlands company register search

The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce regulates the Netherlands company register, which is a register of all active companies in the Netherlands.

For registering a new Dutch entity, the first step you will have to perform is a name check. Is the name of the new Dutch company already taken? A quick search in the Netherlands Company register will show if your preferred name is available. Our firm can assist you with registering a name for your Dutch company.

Company register search menu

  • Dutch entity name
  • Company registered address company
  • Contact details
  • Details of company directors
  • Details of company employees

By the Netherlands law, every legal entity will have to deposit annual account information with The Trade Register, the Dutch Chamber of Commerce function is to register this information,  all the annual accounts of Dutch companies are kept up to date by the Netherlands Trade Registry.

Document requirement for Netherlands company

When proceeding with the registering of a Dutch company, an entrepreneur will have to answer several questions.

Who will be the shareholders of the company? Who will be the directors of the company? What will be the company activities to be filed in the Netherlands company registry. How many employees are working for the company?

We require documents to complete the Netherlands company register.

  • The certified deed of incorporation as we obtain from our notary
  • The above-mentioned details from the company’s owners and directors
  • A bank reference regarding deposited share capital

We can assist you with setting up a Dutch Company, a company can be established within 2 working days. We even have end-to-end services where you do not need to worry about anything in the first year.

If you have any questions regarding our offer, we are happy to hear from you! We can guarantee to give you the best price for a company register in the Netherlands.

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The German Taxation System

There are three levels of taxation in Germany: municipal, state and federal. The system includes both indirect and direct taxes. The main ones are on income and added value (VAT). In addition, the Constitution defines principles of taxation established with respect to payment ability, lawfulness, equality and welfare state.

If you would like to receive more detailed information on the German taxation system, please, contact our local incorporation experts.

Types of taxes in Germany

At federal level, the country applies taxes:
– at customs;
– on electricity;
– on motor vehicles;
– on beverages;
– on solidarity surcharge or Solidaritätszuschlag.

At state level the following tax categories are distinguished:
– on inheritance;
– on immovable property;
– on gambling;
– for fire protection.

The federal taxes in Germany include those on real estate, beverages, inns and pets. Nevertheless, the state budget accumulates the largest revenue from VAT and income taxes.

The German income tax

The income tax in Germany is applicable to both national and international investors. Residents are charged with income tax with respect to their profit generated both in the country and outside its borders while non-residents owe tax on income arising only from Germany.

The tax is relevant for income earned from employment, business operations, capital and other activities. The rate is determined individually and varies in the margins of 0 – 45 percent. Germany has concluded many double taxation treaties so international investors have the benefit of a number of exemptions and reductions.

The German corporate tax

Corporate taxes are collected from companies with respect to their business profits. All companies incorporated in the country are liable for corporate tax. International businesses with German branches or subsidiaries are subject to the taxation regime applicable for national entities and are entitled to the same reductions and exemptions. At the moment the rate of the German corporate tax is 15 percent. In addition, the income of companies is also subject to trade tax and solidarity surcharges.

If you plan to register a company in Germany, you will need to know more about the tax liabilities of your future business. You can contact our German experts in company establishment for full details on the tax system and the incorporation procedure.

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Immigration to the Netherlands

Citizens of member states of the EU and other countries planning to immigrate in the Netherlands have to become familiar with the regulations and rules regarding immigration and visa issue. There are certain conditions you need to consider if you are intending to immigrate to the country. Our local experts in immigration can provide you with thorough information and guidance on the matter.

The Dutch Short-term visa

Non-EU citizens willing to visit the Netherlands for business purposes or tourism need a C-type visa, also called Schengen visa. It is a significant document whose issue requires the provision of the following information and documents by the applicant:

– identification documents, including valid passport;

– mandatory medical insurance for short-term visas;

– details about the financial situation of the applicant;

– information about the aim of the visit.

Please, note that the granted short-term visa is represented by a stamp in your passport. In case you plan a longer stay in the Netherlands, the local Service of Immigration and Naturalization (IND) can issue a permit for residence, provided that you meet all relevant requirements. Dutch companies intending to hire employees from overseas are able to apply for the necessary visas and work permits so that the international staff can work legally in the country.

The Dutch long-term visa

The long-term Dutch visa is suitable for individuals who intend to study, travel or live in the country. It is accompanied by an IND-issued permit for permanent residence granted together with the ninety-day long-term visa. Individuals who do not come from member states of the European Union (EU) or Economic Area (EEA) and want to immigrate in the Netherlands have the option to submit an application for a long-term visa. This document grants rights comparable to those of EU citizens with unrestricted entry to the country.

Application for Schengen visa

Immigration to the Netherlands has increased significantly in the past ten years. People with various backgrounds and origins look for better education, work opportunities and quality of life in countries that value such attributes. You can obtain a Schengen visa by applying at the Embassy or Consulate of the Netherlands in your country of residence. The document grants a 90-day unrestricted entry in the Schengen area with a 180-day time frame and a possibility for extension. The visa provides a number of benefits, including multiple entries in many Schengen countries without border control.

Our local immigration lawyers can provide you with additional details on the procedure for obtaining a visa for the Netherlands.

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The Dutch Highly Skilled Migrant Program

The Netherlands attracts migrants from worldwide with its democratic traditions and high living standards. Many Highly Skilled Migrants migrate through the program to the Netherlands. Our consultants and immigration lawyers in the Netherlands can provide you with important details on the Authority for Dutch Immigration (IND) and the requirements for residence permit issue.

Status of skilled migrants in the Netherlands

Employed highly qualified migrants receive wages matching their profession and qualification level. Persons who have completed their university education in the Netherlands or have a recognized proof of qualification benefit from different regimes that make immigration attractive for highly skilled individuals.

If you hold a Dutch education diploma and you plan to immigrate to the Netherlands, you need to find a job with a salary of at least EUR 2 272 to obtain a permit for residency. If you have achieved excellent results at university, you will be allowed to apply for a residence permit within 3 years after your graduation.

Our local immigration experts can provide you with all important information regarding your situation in the country.

Residence permit for highly skilled migrants

The Netherlands permits immigrants to work, regardless of whether they have decided to stay in the country for one year or more. The country puts efforts in providing knowledge migrants with adequate work conditions even for short-term stays.

Permits for work valid for a year can not be extended. Migrants are allowed to a “search year” during which they are supposed to find a job. Then the purpose of stay should change; otherwise, the immigrant will be obliged to leave the Netherlands.

Our legal experts can provide you with essential information on the immigration system and help you find an adequate solution for your particular situation. If you have any questions regarding immigration to the country, please, contact us.

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Obtain a Self-Employed Dutch Visa

In line with the Dutch legislation on immigration, independent entrepreneurs who would like to start a business in the Netherlands first need to obtain a Netherlands residence permit for self-employed individuals. The same Dutch self-employed visa is required for freelancers and people who would like to practice a profession in the country.

How to qualify for the Dutch self-employed visa?

Entrepreneurs who want to obtain a Netherlands self-employed visa need to receive a certain number of points. The point system was established in 2006 with the purpose to attract international entrepreneurs who can contribute significantly to the local economy.

Self-employed American and Japanese citizens do not need to obtain points for the Dutch residence permit because their countries have special agreements signed with the Netherlands. We have a team of experts in Dutch immigration who can provide you with further details regarding these agreements.

The scoring system includes the following elements:

– Personal experience, including education, work experience, yearly income from previous jobs, years of practice in entrepreneurship, work experience with or in the country;

– Business plan, including financing, organization and market analysis;

– Added value for the Dutch economy in terms of innovation, generation of jobs or future investments.

A local immigration lawyer can give you more information on the point evaluation system.

The 1-year start-up Dutch visa

Since the start of 2015 foreign citizens can qualify for a permit for entrepreneurship, issued just for one prep year.

The authorities in the Netherlands know that many owners of new businesses are unable to comply straight away with all criteria for issue of a residence permit for self-employed. Therefore, this start-up visa was introduced. It enables non-residents to work and live in the Netherlands for a preparatory year. In this period they collaborate with business facilitators in order to achieve compliance of the start-up with the requirements for obtaining a regular visa for self-employed persons.

If you would like to obtain a Self-employed Dutch visa, you can contact our local consultants on immigration.

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Dividend Tax in the Netherlands

The Dutch dividend tax is a kind of income tax on payments of dividends to the shareholders of companies. The Dutch tax law has provisions for a fixed rate on dividends. In case the business meets particular criteria, tax exemptions may apply. Our local agents can give you comprehensive information on tax compliance with respect to any Dutch entity.

The maximum rate for dividend taxes in the Netherlands is 25%. However, companies do not owe dividend taxes if they fulfill certain requirements for participation exemption. This exemption concerns capital gains and dividends from shares of no less than 5%. Subsidiaries can be eligible for participation exemptions if they are active and pass the tax test (for being taxed in accordance to the Dutch principles). Additionally, less than 50% of the company’s assets can be passive. If a subsidiary meets these conditions, its income from dividends is exempt from taxes.

Dutch companies not qualifying for participation exemption are liable for taxes at the usual corporate rate with respect to profit from shares. If Dutch subsidiaries are subject to corporate tax but they do not meet all criteria to benefit fully from the exemption, they may receive special credit.

Our lawyers in the Netherlands can provide you with detailed information on the provisions relevant to dividend income.

Dutch corporate taxes

According to the national law companies established in the country are resident and need to pay taxes on any income generated worldwide. Non-resident entities performing activities in the Netherlands owe taxes only with respect to income generated locally.

The Dutch tax on corporate income is levied for all profits from business activities in the Netherlands, including income from foreign sources, capital gains and passive income.

If you need more details on the Dutch tax system, do not hesitate to contact our local lawyers. We offer comprehensive services with respect to tax compliance.

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Corporate Tax in the Netherlands

The Netherlands and its taxation system offer many special benefits to international investors. Taxes for Dutch corporations vary depending on the taxable profit of businesses: there are two rates determined by the amount of income.

Our local lawyers are available to assist you in opening a company and help you fulfill the requirements for your full Netherlands Corporate Tax compliance.

Corporate taxation in the Netherlands

Any business incorporated in the country is regarded as a resident company liable for corporate taxes. Resident entities owe taxes with respect to income obtained worldwide while non-resident ones are taxed only on the profit generated in the country.

The rate of corporate taxes is 20% for up to EUR 200 000 of taxable yearly income and becomes 25 % for amounts exceeding this value. Corporate tax is charged for any profits generated from business activities in the Netherlands, including income from trading, international operations, passive and source incomes, etc. In principle, all costs connected to the activity of the company are deducted from the total profit.

Corporate tax exemptions in the Netherlands

Certain items of the income are exempt from corporate taxes. These are dividends and capital gains obtained from particular subsidiaries and profits generated by foreign businesses.

Local subsidiaries are eligible for exemption from Dutch corporate tax if they are active and the Dutch parent company holds at least 5% interest. These subsidiaries must undergo a test showing whether they qualify for exemptions. They will be eligible for participation exemption in case they are already charged with reasonable taxes in the country. Similarly, a subsidiary would qualify for participation exemption in case its passive assets do not exceed 50 % of the total assets.

Our lawyers in the Netherlands can provide you with further details about corporate tax exemptions and their application with respect to your local company.

Other characteristics of corporate taxation

The tax system in the Netherlands offers different reliefs and benefits. Certain budget allocations, for instance, apply for development and research activities. Such allowances reduce the company’s taxable income. Similarly, companies working in the field of export and import can take advantage of a special tax regime with respect to tonnage available for companies dealing with shipping.

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Guidelines on Obtaining a German Citizenship – German Passport

Ways of obtaining citizenship in Germany, how to apply for a German Passport

The legislation requires international citizens to renounce their citizenship in order to apply for one in Germany. Exceptions are made for citizens of the EU and Switzerland. Children born to a national and an international parent automatically receive German citizenship. After citizenship is granted, the person is eligible to receive a German passport. Another way of obtaining citizenship is to live in Germany for a minimum of 8 years. In addition, children of internationals who have lived in the country for a minimum of 8 years are automatically granted citizenship and may apply for a German Passport.

Our German legal experts can assist you with the procedure for citizenship application and help you to set up a business in the country.

Conditions for obtaining a German passport

Most internationals apply for citizenship in Germany after having lived and worked there for 8 years. In order to obtain a national passport, the person needs to apply for a work permit or residence. Additionally, there are several other requirements for obtaining German citizenship:

– regular income ensuring that the person is self-sufficient and does not need to appeal for social benefits;

– fluency in German;

– taking an oath to respect the country’s Constitution.

If an international citizen is married to a German one, he/she may obtain citizenship within 2 years of the date of marriage and after having lived in Germany for 3 years

How to obtain German citizenship through naturalization

Naturalization is another way to obtain citizenship. An international citizen needs to fulfill several conditions to take advantage of this procedure:

– Working/living in Germany for a minimum of 8 years;

– having legal representation;

– having a residence permit;

– having knowledge of the legal system in Germany;

– clean criminal dossier.

Internationals who have gone through a course in integration are eligible for citizenship after 7 years. Together with citizenship, applicants also receive special certificates and can apply for German passports.

If you need more information on how to obtain German citizenship and set up a company in the country, our local experts in business incorporation are available to help you.

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The German Trade Register

The Commercial Registry in Germany is called Handelsregister, i.e. Companies House. In fact, this is the official body at which all businesses are obliged to register. Business owners interested in incorporating a German company need to choose a type of entity suitable for their activities and go through a registration process at the Handelsregister.

The Commercial Register in Germany is regulated and supervised by the Amtsgericht, the national district courts. It deals mainly with company registration in Germany, but also provides publicly available information on companies. One of the functions of the Commercial Registry is to monitor and supervise companies for compliance with the Commercial Code.

The German Commercial Registry consists of two divisions. The first one handles all details regarding the procedure for company registration for any type of business: Articles of Incorporation, Directors’ Board, shareholders, etc. The second ensures the appropriate operation of companies in line with the German legislation.

Our consultants are able to assist local and international entrepreneurs planning to set up a business in the country throughout the whole registration process.

How to apply at the German Commercial Registry?

In order to register a company in Germany, you need to submit some documents regarding your business. The papers have to be signed in front of a public notary and sent through the Internet or handed in at the District Court. Local authorities will have one month to decide whether the documents are complete. The Commercial Registry will issue a certificate of registration and will provide details to the tax authorities and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce to notify them of the newly established company.

How to access the German Trade Register?

The German Commercial Registry is public and therefore allows unrestricted access to its database. This is one of its main functions. Any person can visit a local office of the Registry and perform a company search or inquire on details about a particular German company.

In case you are planning to incorporate a German company, please, do not hesitate to call our experts in company establishment.

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Opening a Dutch Bank Account

Owners of businesses in the Netherlands, including non-residents and immigrants, have to open a Dutch bank account to manage their income and obtain access to different bank services.

Many Netherlands banks open corporate and personal accounts. Service packages can include the benefits of mobile and online banking, extra features and banking advice.

Opening a bank account in the Netherlands

Opening a corporate bank account is mandatory in order to set up a business in the Netherlands. The account is necessary for completing different business transfers and transactions. A bank reference with the history of transactions is also required for the annual financial statement.

Persons employed locally can also open accounts in Dutch banks to their benefit. Their salaries can be transferred directly to the accounts, payments are easier and international money transfers are possible.

The procedure for opening a bank account is simple, especially for personal accounts. Most banks can complete the first steps automatically with the help of an application form available online.

Foreign residents who face difficulties opening an account due to lack of knowledge of the Dutch language can contact our lawyers for assistance. Our teams are able to prepare a power of attorney allowing a particular person to open/manage an account on behalf of business owners who cannot be present in the Netherlands.

Documents needed for opening a Dutch bank account

If you want to open your account personally, you have to present a number of documents to the branch you plan to work with. A personal identification card/passport and a Dutch Citizen Service Number (BSN) (issued upon registration at the municipality) are among the required documents. A contract for employment and a Dutch address verification can also be asked.

The papers required for opening a corporate bank account can vary. Documents such as the Business Registration Certificate of the company will also need to be presented.

If you have any questions with respect to corporate banking, please, contact our legal firm in the Netherlands. Our team can offer you a wide range of solutions and consultancy with regard to working and living in the country.

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