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Incorporation in the Netherlands of a Dutch branch

MFFA Tax Advice can also assist you with incorporation of a dutch company and we can also assist you with corporate income tax compliance / advice, VAT return in the Netherlands and accounting services.

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Incorporation in the Netherlands of Dutch branch

Incorporation in the Netherlands: foreign companies (US Inc, UK Ltd, Gmbh, other) who want to take care of the incorporation of a Dutch company in the Netherlands can do this by registering a Dutch branch office / permanent establishment or a by forming a Dutch subsidiary (Dutch BV).

If you want to establish a branch in the Netherlands the only thing which must be done is to register the existing foreign legal entity at the Dutch chamber of commerce.

In the Netherlands we have two types of legal entities called “BV” (private limited liability company) and “NV” (public limited liability company). Besides these, other common used companies are “eenmanszaak” (sole proprietorship), “VOF” (general partnership), “CV”(limited partnership) and the attractive Dutch “Coop” (Cooperative). If you would like to form a Dutch subsidiary BV, please contact us.

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Do you need help with incorporation in the Netherlands?

If you want to start a branch office in the Netherlands we can assist you with the following:

  • Determine and analyse if it is wise to set up a Dutch branch, if so;
  • Register the Dutch branch at the Chamber of Commerce where we complete all the forms;
  • Determine what kind of tax numbers must be applied at the Dutch tax authorities (VAT, CIT, Wage tax)
  • Apply for the tax numbers
  • Maintain the yearly accounting services
  • Correspondence Dutch tax authorities by using our network.
  • Application tax ruling (if requested)

Incorporation Dutch branch – frequently asked questions:

Please find below frequently asked questions about the incorporation Dutch branch:

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What are the (dis) advantages for having a branch in the Netherlands?

Setting up a branch / permanent establishment in the Netherlands has the following (dis) advantages:

Advantages:
  • No Dutch legal formalities is required so no Dutch notary is needed, since no legal entity (Dutch BV) is set up. The only requirement is to register the Dutch branch at the Chamber of Commerce and apply for the tax numbers at the Dutch tax authorities
  • Possible extra tax deductions in the home country with a Dutch branch
  • From a practical point of view it easier since nothing needs to be changed (website, email address, name)
  • When you stop doing business in the Netherlands no liquidation / elimination process is needed (closing is easy)
  • No substance is needed. As a result, important management decisions should not be made in the Netherlands.
  • The business administration of the branch can be maintained in the home country
Disadvantages:
  • The foreign company who established the Dutch branch is fully responsible for all the obligations and liabilities of the branch / permanent establishment;
  • To the outside world it looks better to have a legal entity instead of operating under the foreign name on the Dutch market;
  • From an accounting perspective there (might) be more overview;
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If you incorporate a Dutch branch, how does it work?

Setting up a branch / permanent establishment in the Netherlands has the following (dis) advantages:

Advantages:
  • No Dutch legal formalities is required so no Dutch notary is needed, since no legal entity (Dutch BV) is set up. The only requirement is to register the Dutch branch at the Chamber of Commerce and apply for the tax numbers at the Dutch tax authorities
  • Possible extra tax deductions in the home country with a Dutch branch
  • From a practical point of view it easier since nothing needs to be changed (website, email address, name)
  • When you stop doing business in the Netherlands no liquidation / elimination process is needed (closing is easy)
  • No substance is needed. As a result, important management decisions should not be made in the Netherlands.
  • The business administration of the branch can be maintained in the home country
Disadvantages:
  • The foreign company who established the Dutch branch is fully responsible for all the obligations and liabilities of the branch / permanent establishment;
  • To the outside world it looks better to have a legal entity instead of operating under the foreign name on the Dutch market;
  • From an accounting perspective there (might) be more overview;
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Is a Dutch business address required for a Dutch branch (substance) ?

From a Dutch tax perspective minimal substance is required if you set up a Dutch BV. If you set up a Dutch branch also certain substance requirements must be met. Most important one is to have a Dutch business address, since the company must be registered in the Netherlands. It is possible to use our company address for registration.
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What kind of info is needed to register the branch in the Netherlands?

If you want to register the foreign company as a branch in the Netherlands, the following information is required for the registration:

  • An extract of the registration of the foreign company in the home country;
  • Copy of the articles of association of the foreign company
  • Copy pasport of the director / manager in the Netherlands

Everything can be done from a distance which means you do not need to come to the Netherlands. As a result, we will need certified and legalized papers.

After the registration at the Chamber of Commerce, the Dutch tax authorities must be approached to issue the tax numbers (if necassary).

More information about incorporation in the Netherlands?

MFFA Tax Advice can also assist you with incorporation of a dutch company and we can also assist you with corporate income tax compliance / advice, VAT return in the Netherlands and accounting services. You can contact us through our contact form or call +31 (0)85 00 30140.