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Business in Netherlands

Business in Netherlands

When you would like to set up your own business in the Netherlands it is important to determine which legal form the company will have.
There are few types of legal forms:

  • Self employed (Freelancer);
  • Limited partnership;
  • Private company with limited liability (BV);
  • Partnership for certain professions (Maatschap);
  • Partnership under common firm (VOF);
  • Public company (NV);
  • Association (Vereniging);
  • Foundation (Stichting).

Our company can assist you with establishing and maintaining a limited company in the Netherlands. In Dutch this is called a ‘besloten vennootschap’.

A besloten vennootschap (BV) is a company limited by shares (private limited company), whose shares are privately registered.

Benefits of choosing for a limited company

The liability can be kept within the Dutch limited company. This way the foreign mother company or the individual will be safe in case something happens. Liability is often the reason to set up a limited company.

Benefit of a Dutch limited company is also that towards clients in the Netherlands you show that your company is officially registered in the Netherlands. You can use a foreign company to do business in the

Netherlands, which is no problem, but this may lead to distrust from the clients.

Tax benefits can be used and for an individual shareholder it will be easier to determine income.

Business in Netherlands (Holland) can be easier to transfer part of the shares to another company or individual in case of a joint venture or sale of the whole company.

If a holding company is set up it can receive amounts from daughter companies’ tax free.

The limited company will be registered for VAT, this is automatically done once the company is registered in the trade register of the Chamber of Commerce.

The company can open a bank account, part of the due diligence investigation of the bank can be that they check your credit rating. If this is a problem for them they may refuse to open an account for the company.