The tax law in the Netherlands offers a preferential regime for corporate taxation with the aim to promote activities related to investments in novel technologies and development of innovative technology. This is the Innovation Box (IB) regime. For profits meeting the requirements for IB, companies owe a total of 7% corporate tax, rather than the 20 – 25% usually levied (according to the rates for 2018).

Description of the IB regime

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Holland has long been attractive for entrepreneurs looking to establish a business due to numerous social, cultural and geographical factors. Its comparatively favorable tax climate is also an important prerequisite in the process of decision-making.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

Value Added Tax has a great influence on corporate cash flows. Generally, a business can request a VAT refund for the amount it has incurred. Still, it may take several months until the tax is recovered through the periodical return. The … Read more

Holland has a well developed regulatory framework for private businesses, partnerships and corporations. The main elements of the framework consist of: clear rules on financial statements, auditing, and the publication of audits.

Because of the clarity and relative simplicity of the regulations, corporations are able to have a stable base of operations where they can plan for the long term. In this article, we lay out a summary of the requirements for accounting, auditing and publication in the Netherlands. If … 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

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

In the Netherlands, local companies and branches are subject to the same general taxation regime in accordance to the national law. Still, there are particular differences as branches are not obliged to cover certain taxes required for other business entities. In case you own a Dutch branch our local accountants can check which tax liabilities are applicable in your situation.

Dutch tax regime for branches

The tax regulations in Holland provide for equal taxation of branches and companies with respect … Read more

Import of products to the Netherlands

The import of products originating in non-EU countries to Holland is generally taxable for VAT purposes, regardless of whether the import is performed by a private, taxable, non-taxable or exempt entity. Therefore VAT is usually due at import and is normally transferred to the Dutch Customs. In case you are interested in starting an import/export business in the Netherlands contact our local incorporation agents, who will guide you in the process.

License for VAT

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The Dutch credit system can be broadly defined as the relationships between persons (legal or natural) who provide loans and persons who take them. Therefore the system operates with credits provided by both non-banking and banking institutions for use by legal or natural persons.

Parties involved in credit transactions

Credit transactions take place between a lender (the person providing the credit) and a debtor (the person benefitting from the credit). Usually, the credit is a monetary amount that needs to … Read more

The service sector is the most advanced in Holland’s economy and accounts for over two-thirds of the Gross Domestic Product. The sector includes transport, insurance and banking. Four banks established in the country are ranked in the global top 60: Fortis, Rabobank, ING and ABN AMRO. They have a network comprising roughly 6500 branches in Holland and 500 more in 50 other countries. Meanwhile, more than sixty branches and subsidiaries of European, Asian and American banks operate in the country.… Read more

The Netherlands has a large network of agreements for avoidance of double taxation providing tax advantages to international investors establishing companies there. Among these agreements is the treaty with the USA. The first convention for the avoidance of double taxation between Holland and the USA was signed in 1992. Its first amendment dates from 1993.

Our local consultants specializing in company establishment can provide you with additional information about the Dutch tax system.

Scope of the double tax treaty

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