Starting a business in The Netherlands

It will take 3 days on average for starting a business in the Netherlands. The company formation Netherlands can even be performed remotely. An expedited procedure is possible in which we can incorporate a Dutch BV company within 1 day. There are several documents required to form the company, all documentation is handled in both Dutch and English.

The Corporate tax in the Netherlands is 20% up to EUR 200.000 profit a year, the profit of EUR 200.000 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 performed at a 0% VAT rate. Corporations with a VAT number may claim back the VAT.

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.

For Non-EU investors, it is possible to start a business in Netherlands and obtain a residency visa through the Netherlands business immigration.

Why The Netherlands?

  • 20% corporate tax, one of the lowest tax rates in Europe
  • 0% VAT for business between EU member states
  • Core member of the EU
  • High-tech infrastructure
  • Leading world banks (ING bank, ABN Amro, Rabobank)
  • Excellent international business climate
  • 93% English-speaking natives
  • Netherlands is a logistical hub as a gateway to Europe
  • Qualified personnel
  • Possibility of business immigration

Company types in Netherlands – The Dutch BV

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

Required documentation 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. The shareholders can authorize us to take care of the necessary filings on their behalf.

A personal visit is not a requirement and the procedure can be completed abroad, this also includes the application of banks accounts regardless of opening a bank account where it is compulsory for the director to be present.

A Netherlands BV 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. Furthermore, an extract from the companies 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 to be 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.

The Dutch Foundation is an excellent entity for tax planning. Dutch foundations can be used as commercial entities, tax-free 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 CV company, A limited partnership can be formed with at least two partners, the partners can be legal entities (like a Dutch BV) or individuals. The partnership consists of a partnership agreement and an official registration process in the Dutch company register.  The limited partnership has limited or ‘silent’ partners and general partners. The liability for the limited partner is limited to the capital contribution put into the company, this is similar as with a Netherlands BV. The general partner is fully liable for the company.

Dutch NV company, also known as public liability company is a legal entity most suitable for large corporations and investments. 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.

Netherlands Economic opportunities

The Netherlands benefits from its stable position as a core member of the European Union and ease of travel within the Schengen area. This provides for 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 Netherlandish 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.

Company formation procedure

Fulfilling all information requirements to our team for preparing the incorporation. For opening a Dutch BV – the most common company type in Holland. We will need the following documents and information

  • Identity information on the directors and shareholders of the BV company.
  • A copy of passport of all the directors, shareholders and other Ultimate beneficial owners.
  • Our incorporation form filled out.
  • Preferred company name, this has to be verified in advance for availability.

After we have prepared the initial documentation. The shareholders will need to visit the Dutch Notary public to sign the incorporation documents. Alternatively, it is possible for us to prepare the incorporation documents to be signed in your home country and send the original signed documents to our corporate address in Rotterdam. If the documents are signed in your home country, the documents will have to be legalized at a local notary public. There is no need to visit the Netherlands in the case of a remote company formation.

Our firm will process the incorporation and file the company in the Dutch company register.   We can assist with the opening of a bank account, we have solutions for opening Dutch bank accounts remotely.

We are an organization of company formation specialists and lawyers, headquartered in the World Trade Center in Rotterdam. Specialized in international businesses. We can assist with all-in packages, including a remote company incorporation, bank account opening, registered office, accounting, visa and immigration procedures, secretarial and representation services.

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