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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Holding companies are among the most advantageous business entities in the Netherlands due to the beneficial tax regime they are under. Furthermore, Dutch holdings are globally recognized for the conveniences they offer to both foreign and local shareholders.

Investors should keep in mind that holdings are established in order to gather diverse assets of separate companies under a common umbrella. Our Dutch specialists in company formation are ready to assist international entrepreneurs planning to incorporate local holding companies.

Corporate tax

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Historically, The Netherlands has been known as a European trade centre and as the maritime link between the Old Continent and North and South America, Asia, and Africa. In order to maintain its status, the country has been working to achieve an even better, friendlier business climate and attract international investors. The efforts are paying off, as currently Holland is the EU base of 2100+ companies from North America, and counting. Why is Holland such an attractive country for doing … Read more

Last October the government of the Netherlands released a document announcing its future plans. The paper was finalized after a negotiation of more than 200 days. The document promises changes in various aspects of society. They include additional police funding and improvements of counterterrorism and cyber security. The government also envisages reforms in the labour market concerning sick leave, procedures for dismissal, rules for paternity leave and minimum wages. It plans to adopt a new system for pensions and amend … Read more