Netherlands Company Formation

Covid-19 Update (10 May 2021). Due to the Covid-19 situation we can offer you remote Netherlands company formation services, as well as remote bank account applications. Our notary currently even works by remote video legalization, which saves you the time and cost of having to legalizing your official documents.

Frequently Asked Questions

The corporate income tax in the Netherlands is 15% up to EUR 245.000 profit a year, the profit of EUR 245.000 and more is taxed at 25%. 

The Netherlands has a 21% VAT rate on goods and services delivered in the Netherlands. Between European countries, goods and services may be offered at a 0% VAT rate. Corporations with a VAT number may claim back the VAT.

For non-EU investors, starting a business in Netherlands and obtain a residency visa through business immigration is a possibility.

Read our Netherlands Business Guide.

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We can incorporate your Netherlands business quickly and provide all-in services. On average, a Netherlands company formation takes up 3 days from the moment we receive your official documents. This formation can be done remotely. It is possible to use an expedited procedure in order to incorporate a Dutch BV company within 1 day. There are several documents required for formation of the business, and all documentation is handled in both Dutch and English.

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Why Dutch Company Formation is a good opportunity for your business

The Netherlands and company formation:
what type of company should you choose?

The Dutch BV (limited company) is the most chosen type for company formation Netherlands by foreign investors. The Dutch limited company can be registered with a minimum share capital of 1 EUR, according to corporate law. A Dutch BV is deemed tax resident by law in the Netherlands.

Required documentation for the formation will consist of a legalized and apostilled copy of valid identification and proof of address. A power of attorney is required to be signed by a notary for remote incorporation. But: it is not necessary to travel to Holland to do this. The shareholders can authorize us to take care of the necessary filings on their behalf.

A personal visit is not required to incorporate a Netherlands company, the formation procedure can be completed from abroad. We can also assisting with remote bank account applications. With certain banks, the director has to be present to apply for a bank account.

A limited company in the Netherlands may have corporate shareholders and directors. For the registration process, the corporate shareholders must be verified and have the authority to sign the deed of incorporation or formation. Furthermore, an extract from the business register of the corporate entity must be received from the entities, which will act as shareholder or director. If registration is performed remotely, a power of attorney must be received and signed on behalf of the shareholder or director.

In the case of corporate shareholders, the Dutch company will be a subsidiary. It is also possible to register a Dutch branch; a branch office has less substance than a subsidiary and may be treated differently by the Dutch tax authorities. Substance may come from appointing a resident director.

Video explainers on the Dutch BV: 

Starting a business in the Netherlands:
company types in depth

The Dutch Foundation

is a legal entity. Dutch foundations can be used as commercial entities, family funds, and holding entities. The foundation may hold shares and real estate, it may strive for profits. Dutch foundations can be tax-exempt under certain conditions. Or can even be exempt from accounting or reporting requirements. If the Dutch foundation is concluded under notary agreement, the foundation will be limited in liability.

Dutch NV company

also known as public liability company is a legal entity most suitable for large businesses when forming a Netherlands public company . It requires a minimum share capital of EUR 45,000. The Dutch NV company is controlled by a board of directors for day-to-day decisions. The annual shareholders meeting may appoint directors or demand changes in management.

Branches and Subsidiaries

starting a branch in the Netherlands can be interesting for foreign companies. A subsidiary will usually be a Dutch BV owned by the foreign holding company. The main difference is that the subsidiary company is fully independent, while the branch company is not.

General partnership

The general partnership if where two or more resident partners work together with one company name and entrepreneurial goal. Both directors have full liability for the debts of the company. The profits are shared between the partners and there is no minimum share capital requirement. The downside of the general partnership is that the partners can both be held accountable by creditors if the firm cannot fulfill its payments.

Dutch Limited partnership

The Netherlands also knows a different type of partnership, this is known as the Limited partnership and is comparable to an LP or LLP company. One managing partner has unlimited liability and one silent partner has limited liability, if he does not participate in the management of the company. ICS does not provide services for Dutch Limited Partnerships.

Professional Partnership

A professional partnership in the Netherlands can be formed by two self employed individuals, such as accountants, dentists or physio therapists. The partners are responsible for the liabilities. This type of entity is made for resident practicing professionals.

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Company formation Netherlands: the procedure

The company formation procedure itself can be completed within 48 hours. However, the most time usually is spent in the verification of documents.

Fulfilling all information requirements to our team for preparing the formation of your business. For the formation of a Dutch BV, which is the most common type in the Netherlands, the formation procedure will be as followed;

Step 1

Step 2

After we have prepared the initial documentation for the formation of the business, the shareholders will need to visit the Dutch notary public to sign the formation documents. Alternatively, it is possible for us to prepare the formation documents to be signed in your home country and send the original signed documents to our corporate address in Rotterdam.

Step 3

Our firm will process the company formation in the Netherlands, and file the company in the Dutch company register. We can assist a bank account application, we have solutions for applying with certain Dutch banks remotely.

If the documents are signed in your home country, the documents will have to be legalized by a local notary public. There is no need to visit the Netherlands, we have options for remote Netherlands company formation.

The company name needs to be unique and available. Our firm will perform a check before the company is formed. The company name will then be reserved for the new company.

The notary public will sign the deed of incorporation to form the company and submit the formation deed in the Chamber of Commerce. A few hours after the company register receives the formation deed it will assign a registration number, this is your company identification number.

After the company is formed the entrepreneur will receive a corporate extract from the company. With this corporate extract it is possible to apply for a bank account at certain Dutch banks. The shareholders need to pay the share capital to the bank account. This can be done to the own bank account after the company is formed, or the capital can be sent to the notary public before.

After the formation is complete, the company must receive a tax number or VAT number. A registration at the local tax office is needed. It is recommended to have an accountant or use ICS services for the VAT application.  After this is complete, the company needs to have accounting services for quarterly VAT filings (4x per year), corporate income tax filings and 1 annual statement, balance sheet, which needs to be published at the chamber of commerce.

Company Formation Netherlands Timetable

Our practical timeline for completing the company registration procedure.

Cost of Dutch Company Formation

An important topic for your company registration is of course the costs involved with starting a company in the Netherlands. You need to consider the following fees and costs:

Preparation of the notary documents and client identification documents

The company registration fee to the chamber of commerce

Fees for assistance with the VAT number and optional EORI number applications

Our incorporation fees for opening the company

Our fee for bank account application

Registration at the local tax authorities

The annual costs involve the accounting services from our firm. You can ask us to provide you with a detailed quote for the services you are looking for.

Taxation of Netherlands companies

Any businessman forming a company in the Netherlands should be aware of the Dutch tax system. When your business is registered with the tax office, your Netherlands company will pay tax on the profits of the company. The corporate tax rate up to €245.000 profit a year is currently 15%, from 2022 the threshold of the lower tax rate will increase to €395.000. The higher tax rate is 25% but is set to lower in the coming years.

Many international companies have found the Netherlands to be an excellent country to optimize their global tax rates. This is primarily because of the interesting regulations and tax benefits for international companies.

Profits taxation

2020: 16.5% below €200.000, 25% above
2021: 15% below €245.000, 25% above
2022 15% below €395.000, 25% above

The VAT rates Are:

21% standard VAT rate
6% lower VAT rate
0% tax exempt rate
0% for transactions between EU countries

Economic opportunities in
the Netherlands

The Netherlands benefits from its stable position as a core member of the European Union and ease of travel within the Schengen area. This offers many opportunities, as new trade routes and investments beyond the Netherlands borders can be established.

The Netherlands is known for its accessibility to large markets. The ports of Rotterdam and the Europoort port area are connecting international trade with the mainland of Europe, ‘Europoort’ is Dutch for: ‘Gateway to Europe’.

The country has maintained a 20th position as the largest economy in the world thanks to the Dutch trade mentality and strong transportation infrastructure. The Dutch workforce is stable, well educated, and fully bilingual, making it easy for recruitment purposes and dealing with other cultures. This and the Netherlands company formation low cost makes the Netherlands more attractive compared to other Western European countries.

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Intercompany Solutions is a well known brand in the Netherlands and abroad as a trusted incorporating agent in the Netherlands. We are constantly looking for opportunities to share our solutions with foreign entrepreneurs.

Frequently asked questions
on incorporating Dutch Company

Can I open a Dutch company if I am not residing in the Netherlands?

Yes, starting a business in the Netherlands is allowed for residents of any country. The Netherlands has very welcoming regulations for foreign investors.

How quickly can I incorporate a Dutch BV?

If you can prepare or legalize your documents within a short time frame, or you can come by to the Netherlands. This should be possible within 1-2 days.

Do I need a business license?

It depends on your business activity, but most businesses in the Netherlands are not regulated with business licenses.

Which type of company do I need?

For most foreign entrepreneurs the Dutch BV is the most suitable type of company.

Do I need to come by?

A personal visit is not needed, but it may be helpful. It depends on the specific case.

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