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The income included in Box 2 for foreign taxpayers includes the eligible Dutch income (calculated in the same way as for residents) from local companies, except in cases where the shareholding belongs to an enterprise’s equity.

Fiscal partners are subject to special requirements.

The income that must be declared in Box 2 includes the capital gains and/or dividends (main income items) obtained by a foreign taxpayer with substantial interests (>5 percent shareholding) in a resident company minus any losses related … Read more

If you reside in Holland or receive Dutch income, you need to follow the national laws on taxation. As a resident (living in Holland) or non-resident (foreign) taxpayer receiving Dutch income, you will need to pay income tax in Holland.

Taxable Dutch income types

The Dutch tax laws recognize 3 types of income that are subject to tax. These are classified into boxes. Box 1 concerns income related to home ownership or employment, i.e. salaries, business profit, pension, regular … Read more

An important aspect of the corporate tax system in the Netherlands is the special participation exemption according to which all capital gains and dividends generated by an eligible shareholding are exempted from taxes

Corporate tax in the Netherlands

Generally, all local companies are liable for corporate income tax, or CIT, with respect to their income generated worldwide. For profits up to 200 000 Euro the CIT rate is 20 percent. Any income exceeding this threshold is taxable at a rate … Read more

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 … 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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